A couple of years ago I had an “Aha!” moment while at a study group. One of my friends was sharing a research lesson she had been working on with her students and the pages were each a different color – pink for planning, yellow for note-taking, green for writing. Stop. Get Ready. Go. Aha! Brilliant. When kids are working from a packet, you can say, “Open up to the yellow page…”
This idea has helped me with my research projects too. And it has helped helped me get organized with my 3rd, 4th & 5th grade classes in a different way. I usually teach these classes in 30 minute sessions, one right after the other and often we are working on the same topic, just at a different level. Masses of white worksheets would get mixed up and lost in the pile on my work station pretty fast! Now I use a different color for each grade: yellow for 3rd grade, blue for 4th grade, & green for 5th grade. Now it is so much easier to keep things straight!
Here are some other color coding ideas that have really helped me:
In 2nd grade, we are playing Location! Location! Location! I color coded the game cards for quick reference: Red for the Everybody Section, Yellow for the Fiction Section, Green for the Nonfiction Section. This saves me during the fast pace of the game!
For our Accelerated Reader Wall of Fame, crowns are a different color for each grade level. Student crowns help show progress toward each quarter’s goals.
I’m looking forward to reading about more Helpful Hints at the Blog Hoppin‘s Linky!: