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• Gain the student’s interest and attention by showing the videos linked on
the next page.
• After viewing the videos, tell the student they will be learning more about
primary and secondary colors.
• Make sure you are viewing this as a slide show, so you will be able to see the
animation on each slide. Go through the slide show before you show to your
student so that you will be familiar with what the animation looks like.
• Directions for specific slides:
– On slide 6, talk about each primary color that appears when you click the mouse.
Tell the student that these are the primary colors.
– On slide 7, talk about what happens when you mix the colors as they appear
when you click the mouse.
– On slide 8, talk about each secondary color that appears when you click the
mouse. Tell the student that these are the secondary colors.
– On slides 9 to 12, read the title of the slide as a direction or question to your
student. The student should find the correct color on the page. This is called
receptive identification. When you click the mouse, the correct color will be
– On slides 13 to 18, the student should fill in the blank with either “primary” or
“secondary” color. You can read the sentence, and stop at the blank to let the
student say the answer. This is called expressive identification. When you click
the mouse, the correct word will appear in the blank.
Primary and Secondary Color Videos
• Start introducing the concept with a fun video,
such as this song about primary and secondary
colors from Sesame Street
( or from Barney
• You can then move to a more instructional video.
Here’s a very visual and concrete demonstration
of mixing paint colors to make new colors. Made
for ESL students, but I also think it would be great
for students with autism:
Primary Colors
Mixing Primary Colors
Red + Yellow = Orange
Red + Blue = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green
Secondary Colors
Which one is a primary color?
Point to a secondary color.
Find a primary color.
Show me a secondary color.
Purple is a ___________ color.
Red is a ___________ color.
Yellow is a ___________ color.
Green is a ___________ color.
Orange is a ___________ color.
Blue is a ___________ color.
Great job with primary and
secondary colors!

Primary and Secondary Colors