Sunday, July 15, 2012

Number Words and Color Words - Freebie!

Hi, Everybody!

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!!

Happy Teaching!



  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I think it's very important to know color and number words. I had an intervention group after school last year who could do anything phonetically, but lacked basic words and it really hampered their reading.


    1. Thanks, Jill. I feel the same way about Dolch nouns. Although some of them probably need to be switched out with some more contemporary words, the premise is good: early readers and especially early writers need some nouns to help them "string together" the sight words into sentences with meaning.
      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Another great freebie! I will definitely use this.

  3. Hi,
    I just found your blog through a pin on Pinterest and am now a follower.
    Adventures In Teaching


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