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Circle Maps, Colors, and a Fall Freebie!

I love using Circle Maps with my students.  It's a great way to document what we know about a certain topic or how to describe a topic.  When I taught colors to my Kindergarten students earlier this year, I focused on a new color each day.  Since my students had all received 1-2 years of special ed preK, they all knew their colors.  What they struggled with was applying this knowledge to something broader.

If you've ever taught students with disabilities, you've probably noticed that language and vocabulary can be difficult topics for them.  I could show my students a picture and they could tell me what color was on the picture.  But they struggled if I asked them to tell me things that are orange, blue, purple, etc.

So everyday, I would start our morning chit chat off with a color book, a blank circle map, and my Color Word Polka Dot Posters.

I try to give my kiddos lots of examples before I ask them to give me examples on their own.

*Please disregard my drawings and lopsided circles!  

I love my Color Word Polka Dot posters {found here and here}, because they provide real-world examples that are familiar to my students.  

Not only have we worked on identifying colors and reading color words, we've also worked on the sight word "is".  I made this little fall book about apples to help us practice, and it's a FREEBIE for you!  Just click on the picture to get your free copy!

Right now, I have Pin It to Win It giveaway going on.  Have you entered?  If not, stop by {here} before time runs out!


  1. I love your chit chat messages. They look like the exact thing your kiddos need. Keep up the good work!

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