Getting Colorful

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This performing arts activity will allow students to demonstrate skills in conveying emotions without using words.

Grade Level: 8 - 12th

Subject: Arts

Length of Time: 20 - 30 Minutes

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Objectives & Outcomes

The learners will pantomime colors that are associated with certain emotions as others guess which color is being represented.

Materials Needed

  • Pieces of paper with color/emotions written on them, folded in a container


Opening to Lesson

  • Begin by listing several colors on the board (green, red, black, purple, blue, grey, white)
  • Ask students what they associate with each color (sample list below)
  • Place these emotions/color combinations on the pieces of paper and fold so students can draw when it is their turn.


Red – angry, hot

Green – jealous, natural (nature)

Black – death, sadness, depression

Purple – royal, proud

Blue – calm, sad

Grey – sad, lifeless

White – innocent, pure, angelic

Body of Lesson

  • Have a single student choose a color/emotion paper slip and pantomime so others can guess their color.


  • Ask students to talk about the activity.
  • Was challenges did you encounter?
  • Remind students that facial expressions are important when performing.
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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will be evaluated on participation in both pantomime and as a guesser

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