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Festival of Colors Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Festival of Colors will love this post.  It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With themes of respect, kindness, and mindfulness, this Festival of Colors picture book by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.

Engage Your Students with Festival of Colors Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Festival of Colors.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Festival of Colors reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

FESTIVAL OF COLORS SUMMARY

This story celebrates and honors the Indian holiday of Holi. Celebrated in the early Spring, this holiday welcomes new beginnings and is filled with colors!


Two children teach readers about this holiday by gathering natural flowers and grinding them into powders. Their family, friends, and neighbors then all dress in white and the powder is thrown. 


Join Chintoo and Mintoo as they get ready for the festival of color, Holi!

FESTIVAL OF COLORS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Festival of Colors, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Festival of Colors reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retelling
  • sequencing
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • respect
  • kindness
  • mindfulness

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • transition words
  • color words
  • actions verbs

FESTIVAL OF COLORS ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Festival of Colors book activities
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Festival of Colors?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD250L
  • Guided Reading Level: H
  • DRA Level: 14
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 1.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal. It was illustrated by Vashti Harrison.

What genre is Festival of Colors?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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