In the Classroom: The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Anne Phillips subbed for a Kindergarten class at Burnsville Elementary School. They’ve been studying the rainforest, so she read Eric Carle’s The Mixed-Up Chameleon – which they loved! They talked about fact vs. fiction – discussing chameleon facts in the book (they can change colors and patterns) and chameleon fiction in the book (they can’t have flamingo wings or giraffe necks).She gave each student a blank chameleon to color with various textures and patterns. Then she gave them clear transparency paper. They outlined their chameleon in black and then colored it in with new colors and patterns. They could make their original chameleon “change” by placing the colored transparency over it! They repeated the process so that everyone could make their own book with one chameleon and two overlays. They used all primary colors for this project, so that when they laid yellow over blue they got green, blue over red made purple, etc.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
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