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In an art room, wall space is limited. You might use yours for visuals, anchor charts, interactive displays, and more.
The answer is good old-fashioned color coding.
Using rainbow order makes things simple.
Think about all the words you want your students to know before leaving your classroom. Include simpler words and concepts for your younger students and build on those words until you arrive at the most complex words for your oldest students.
For example, when thinking about words related to color theory, you might assign “Primary Colors” to kindergarten, “Secondary Colors” to first grade, and “Neutral Colors” to second grade.
Using the color scheme of your choice, create your cards. For example, you might make kindergarten cards red, first-grade cards orange, second-grade cards yellow, etc.
Once finished, display your words from simplest to most complex. Then, explain to students they will learn all the words in their color group, plus all the words in the groups which precede them, but NOT the words in the groups that come after them.
So, in this example, kindergartners would only learn red words, but second graders would learn red, orange, and yellow words.
This method can work for any number of grade and age levels. Give it a try to save yourself some space and some sanity!
Do you display vocabulary words in your room? How do you do it?
What else are you required to post in your classroom?
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