Lesson Plan

12 Hue Color Wheel

Student will learn the various levels of color, by creating their own 12 hue color wheel.

Given various tools and materials, students will mix primary colors to create both secondary and intermediate colors. The total of  twelve colors should clearly reflect difference, and accurately represent in the correct order of the color wheel, with 85% accuracy.

Grades 3 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Phase 1: Introduction: Clarify aims and establish set.

Activity: Other — Student listen.

Last week we learned about the primary colors. Today we are taking it to the next level by learning about secondary colors, to include the next level of colors called, “intermediate”.


Student Instructions

Students listen.

2 Phase 2: Present the advance organizer (include and describe):

Present color an example of a completed color wheel.

Present youtube video, "The Color Wheel,” by roomfulofplasticflowers


Student Instructions

Students listen and watch.

3 Phase 3: Present learning materials (outline of content):

Activity: Other — Gathering of materials.

Step 1: Trace and Lines

Trace a 6x6 template in all 4 corners of your 12x12 white paper. This will provide you with a central point. Divide each quadrant using a ruler with 2 more lines. This will give you 12 total spaces in a radial design.

Step 2: Labeling

Label your Color Wheel with Primary, Secondary and Intermediate colors around the outside edges, using my example color wheel to guide you.

Step 3: Paint and Cut

Using a mixing tray, mix 2 primaries to create a secondary. Paint in the primaries and secondary.

Next, use that secondary you mixed to create an intermediate. Repeat process until you have proceeded around the entire wheel. You may refer to my color wheel while you mix. Learn to use the wheel as a tool to help you!

Next class session, once the wheel is dry, fold into fourths. Cut around the edge in a design like a paper snowflake. Unfold and glue to the black paper.

Student Instructions

Students watch and listen to actions of instructor. Next they begin to  prepare to work by obtaining all necessary materials.

4 Phase 4: Application: (check for understanding and strengthen student thinking)

Activity: Creating

Instructor moves about the room and engages students in conversation about the variety of colors that are created with only three colors. RYB. Discuss which colors are considered the “complimentary” colors, and why?

Summarizing occurs through discussion for students to list random colors for example, name a primary color. Name  a secondary color, name a intermediate color and complimentary color.

Student Instructions

Students continue to work and answer the summary questions.