Monday, May 1, 2017

Color-Code Technique: Help Students SEE and Understand Tricky Concepts






Color-Coding has been a major theme in my career as a Teacher right from the beginning.

When working with students that were struggling with difficult concepts in Tutoring, I was always trying to find a way to explain things,
or show them in and easier way.

COLOR-CODING!

was the best way I could find to show the subtle differences.

It worked.
And worked.

Today, I still use Color-Coding to teach tricky concepts.
Not just to struggling students, but to all of my students.
If Color-Coding could help struggling learners get a handle on tricky concepts...

maybe all students would benefit.
Right?

Right!

Here are a few ways to use Color-Coding to help explain some tricky concepts to your students.


Color-Coded Contractions

Use 2 colors for the 2 words.
Copy the Whole First Word.
Then add an apostrophe instead of the vowel (or letters).

So, they have = they've


Color-Coded 120 Chart
One More-One Less
Ten More-Ten Less

Start with the Black Box #
Then Follow the color codes

One More = RED BOX
One Less = BLUE BOX
Ten More = YELLOW BOX
Ten Less = GREEN BOX

Color-Coded NOUNS, VERBS & ADJECTIVES

Students can create their own or copy color-coded sentences.

They write in pencil and then use markers or crayons to trace over the 

NOUNS - RED
VERBS - GREEN
ADJECTIVES - BLUE

This technique, we practice each month with seasonal or holiday vocabulary. Students become so solid on parts of speech when they color-code their Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives! 

They even ask if they can color code parts of speech in their journals and other writing too!


Color-Coded Mental Math Fact Families

Use color-coding to demonstrate the Fact Families for each of the Mental Math Strategies!

We show each equation with Cube-a-Links to show for example that 1 RED + 9 BLUE = 10

So, the 1, 9, 10 Family House would go like this...

1+9=10
9+1=10
10-1=9
10-9=1

We actually say Red + Blue = Black


You can find more ideas for 
Color-Coding in the Custom Category section in my TpT Store: Silly Sam Productions.

Here is a FREEBIE Sampler with some pages to try out the technique.


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