We begin the year with exploring and teaching colors. Although, we wish all of our students knew this, many come in with limited knowledge, so we do our best to fill in those gaps quickly.
Their first homework assignment is to bring objects or pictures that focus on the color. We will use these items to help create our anchor charts.
Literature is embedded throughout the mini-unit.
I like to include books that they may be familiar with from preschool as well as some new or funny stories along the way. I always include books that are easy enough for everyone to read and have these available during Book Buddy reading time.
Centers help students foster independence and working with others.
Even a game like CandyLand includes accountable talk. Students must tell their partner what color they have. I make sure to include variety and "fun" tools like these paint dots, foam dice and food. Center time is short; 10 to 15 minutes depending on stamina. In the beginning, we all may be working on these activities together. Later, I will transition them into Math Work Stations.
Would you like to use these in your classroom? Click on the links to get yours. The pattern strips can be found here from Fran at Kindergarten Crayons. I created the Brown Bear Roll A Color Sheet and the Gummy Bear Color Sort and Graph.
Need more ideas? Follow my Pinterest Color Board.
Happy Teaching and Learning!