Colors and Color Words - Make Every Minute Count Idea #2

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Engage your students in making your own classroom color wall
Making the learning of color words can be easy and effective when we engage our learners in creating their own classroom color chart. By giving students the opportunity to be part of creating a classroom color chart, we are building a natural connection and sense of ownership over the use of this chart.

As children need to read or write color words, they will automatically know where to look for and use this resource because it is a part of them. They helped to create it and will not forget it is available as a tool to use in the classroom. You will not need to tell your students to use this reference tool because they will naturally use it. Students do not make these natural connections to purchased or teacher-made materials.

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Children don't have any connection to a store-bought or teacher-made color word anchor chart. If it's already present in the classroom when students arrive, it can also feel more like the 'teacher's room' rather than 'our room.' It may feel like classroom decor, not a useful tool to help with reading and writing color words.

Why include your students in the making of your classroom color chart?
Creates ownership of classroom space
Builds classroom community
Provides opportunity to share life experiences with others
BONUS! Creates independent thinkers that will know how to read and write color words beginning day 1!

As teachers, we have a full plate. We need to make every minute count. Try this one in your classroom!

Thanks so much for your interest. Please let me know what you think by leaving feedback. I appreciate your time!

Jessica Pelka

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