I made up a new game for my students this week! It’s called a “Color Sort.” This month, many of the Power Standards are based around the Art Element of Color. Therefore, I needed a creative way to review the color families. On day 1, I decided to show my Color Power Point. Can you hear the kids snoring? Even a Power Point seems boring to my students sometimes because I use them so much. Plus, a color wheel is just a boring wheel, how much more exciting can you make it?… Enter the “Color Sort” Game.
My whiteboard looked like this: I posted terms at the top, and cut squares representing all of the colors.
The squares have sticky magnets on the back so we can move them.
The picture below is how the “Shape Sort” looked when the kids walked into class. All of the shapes were pushed to the side. We had to solve the puzzle!
Then, we sorted the Primary and Secondary Colors
The kids did a really good job. I had the kids watching put their thumbs up if they agreed with the color placement, and down if they disagreed. It was a great way to ensure all students were engaged and give me some formative feedback on who still wasn’t getting it. I used it with 2-4th grades and it was a hit with them all.
I realize if I had an interactive whiteboard, I could do something like this on it, but for me, this solution worked great. I want to enhance this idea by making even more sorts with concepts and words. I find linking the visual image to the word really connects things for students who learn in different ways.
What are other ways you review vocabulary or the Elements of Design with your students?