Thursday, August 16

Owl & Dot Color Labels

Well, I'm ready to begin emerging from my fog of grief over my father's recent death as it will be back to school time before I know it. I am still very, very sad, but need to start doing things to help me feel more normal. Today, the bug bit me and I made up some color labels, which can be used in a huge variety of ways.

I intend to use five of the colors to label the "Shopping Books" tubs. (I'll use green, yellow, red, blue & black.)

The first grade teachers at my school all use tubs to store the books that students can choose from for their choice books to be kept in their individual book boxes. These books are divided by level-ish into color tubs. For example, levels 1-4 are in the green tub; levels 5-8 are in the yellow tub, etc. Each book is labeled with a dot in the corresponding color and does not contain the specific book level.

We find that grouping the levels this way helps kiddos get within the ballpark when choosing just right books for their book boxes. It also, more importantly, helps them to not be so focussed on their (and their peers) number level.

Each week, children "shop" for four new books. In my room, Table 1 shops on Monday, Table 2 on Tuesday, etc. If we are off a day of school or someone is absent, they shop the next day. For me, this system REALLY works because I don't have to do much to keep track of the kids' shopping once the routine is fairly well in place.

Kids in the same Book Club group generally operate within the same color levels and I tell the group which color(s) to choose from as the group progresses. Not all groups move at the same time.

For example, my red book club group may start the year with choosing four books from the green tubs. As they progress, they will be able to choose two from the green tub (for fluency practice) and two from the yellow tub (for word-solving practice). After a while, they'll then be taking all four books from the yellow tub and continue to move along as the year continues.

I hope this helps!!!

You can download your freebie labels here. And, I'd LOVE it if you followed me on Teachers Pay Teachers so you can take advantage of more freebies to come.

1 comment

  1. Lisa, I am so sorry to read about the recent passing of your father. I lost my father three years ago to cancer and I remember the "fog" of grief that you mention, all to well. I hope you feel his spirit close to you as I know he is watching over you. Sending you lots of love!!!
    Teaching First


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