This color recognition math & literacy pack is created with little learners in mind. Lots of colorful pictures, fun activities, multiple levels… Whether they are exploring measurement with the color measurement mats, graphing with the I Spy styled pages, playing a dice game or even a card game, this color recognition pack is an awesome way to work on math and literacy while learning colors!
**This packet is created for color recognition and as such most of the pages require color printing. To make the most of your ink, I strongly advise laminating the materials so that they can be used by many children for many years. There are 66 pages in color and 25 print & go pages. (Plus 20 teacher instruction/credit pages.)
Each activity includes a teacher instruction/suggestion page. Some of the materials, such as the posters, can be used for several activities such as flash cards, write the room and more. You can either print the materials multiple times or use the pieces at different times for the various activities. I did not duplicate the multi-use pages in order to save on file size.
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What’s included in the Color Recognition Pack:
Color Posters/Write & Draw the Room: Pages 4-11
You can display these colorful posters in your classroom. These can also be used as oversized introductory flash cards. For students needing assistance with language development, such as ESL learners, you can use the posters to discuss color words, positional words, and size.
Write & Draw the Room:
Place the posters throughout your classroom. Allow students to walk from poster to poster completing the printables while they get to move around. In the lower right-hand corner of each poster there is a small number that corresponds to the printables.
Three levels are provided:
Page 9: Trace the Room
Page 10: Write the Room
Page 11: Draw the Room (students will draw one picture from each poster using a matching crayon.)
You will also need a copy of the posters on pages 5-9.
Color Sorting Mats: Pages 12-20
These mats will provide students the opportunity to practice their sorting skills. 7 pictures are provided for each color. You can differentiate by limiting the amount of sorting mats and/or pictures you provide for the students to work with.
You can also set this up as a file folder game by attaching the sorting mats to the insides of the folder and attaching an envelope/baggie with the sorting pictures.
Pattern Mats: Pages 19-20, 21-25
You can use these mats for students to practice their patterning skills. 3 different levels of patterns are provided: AB, AABB, ABBA. A blank mat is provided to students to create their own patterns. Note: These patterns are COLOR-based, not identical picture-based.
You can also set this up as a file folder game by attaching the pattern mats to the insides of the folder and attaching an envelope/baggie with the sorting pictures.
You will use the pictures from the Sorting Mats. You may choose to print one set and use it for both activities or print the pages twice to allow for multiple centers to be used at the same time.
Color Graphing: Pages 26-37
Students will color spaces on the provided graph to show how many times they see each color. For extra emphasis, I encourage my students to color them the same color as the pictures. To help the students keep track of the items they have already counted, I suggest having them cross the pictures off or using beans/buttons/counters to cover the pictures.
Picture-Color Word Match Up Mats: Pages 38-43
Students will draw a line to connect the picture word to the corresponding picture.
Color Puzzles: Pages 44-50
Students will put together these three-piece puzzles for color and color word recognition. Two levels are included, one with the words in the corresponding color to focus on color recognition and one with the words written in black to focus on word recognition.
Color Match It!: Pages 51-54
Students will match the color words to a corresponding picture. Two versions of the words are included (one in color and one in black), but you only need one version to play the game.
Color Clip-Cards: Pages 55-60
Students will use clothespins or paper clips to indicate the matching color on these clip-cards.
Color Word Play Dough Mats: Pages 61-71
These play dough mats a great for practicing color words. Students can use corresponding colored play dough to “trace” the words at the top. They can also use a write & wipe marker to practice writing the words on the lower section. Then they can use the blank space to create pictures using the colors on the mats. This is great for students who need to improve their fine-motor skills as they will be rolling, shaping writing with these mats.
Non-standard Measurement Mats: Pages 72-84
These mats and recording sheets for each of the colors are for practicing non-standard measurements. You or the student will cut out a “crayon ruler” to measure the pictures. The arrows are not exact matches to the crayons, so this is a good opportunity to talk about estimation. The children should estimate to the closest number of crayons to measure the indicated height or length.
A generic recording sheet is included. The student will first write the color word on the page to indicate which Measurement Mat they were working on.
Roll, Read, Color: Pages 86-88 (Print & Go)
Roll a die. Color one space on the graph to match the word you roll.
Use the color that matches the word. Continue until one color reaches the top of the graph.
Color Word Writing Practice: Pages 89-98 (Print & Go)
Stamp the Color Words: Pages 99-106 (Print & Go)
Color Word Finds: Pages 107-108 (Print & Go)
Color by Number: Pages 109-110 (Print & Go)
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