Here comes another thunderstorm ... kind of our daily conclusion to another hot and humid day. So, I'm typing quickly to get off the computer ASAP!
Years ago, we always taught number words and color words early on. Then, for a brief interval, I started to question why. How important was it to devote time and attention to these words? Why not focus on high frequency words and let kids just "pick them up" as we developed and taught from classroom reference charts?
Well, I rethought all that. (If you're a regular follower of this blog, you know I do a lot of rethinking... I prefer to think of it as learning and growing, instead of just stagnating! :)
First of all, these words are prominent features in written directions, whether you use worksheets, centers, or both. Why not give a bit of attention to teaching the words, to help our students become more independent?
Secondly, these words are an early opportunity to teach "looking beyond the first letter", and "check it with your finger. Does it look right?", both of which are important early reading behaviors.
Here is a free set of number word/color word make and trace cards. Your students will trace the words with wipe-off markers and use the right color clay to fill in the circles. I'd suggest printing on cardstock and double laminating, since this kind of activity means a lot of wear-and-tear on the cards.
These cards are a sample from Number Words and Color Words, just posted at my TpT store. I'd love it if you'd take a closer look - just click on the picture!
Got to go - streaks in the sky and big boomers!!