Color by number worksheets were a game changer for my classroom! They created more enthusiasm for practicing skills like parts of speech or math facts review. I noticed that when I handed out the pages, there was immediate engagement! Since then, I’m a big proponent of using color by number worksheets, but I also realized there were many more benefits to using color by number worksheets in the classroom. I’m linking up with some other knowledgable bloggers. See the links at the bottom of this post.
1. Color by number worksheets engage students more than standard worksheets
Whether you’re wanting to introduce or practice parts of speech or math facts, students love coloring pages so much that they often don’t realize they’re practicing academic material. This is the BEST reason to have color by code pages at your fingertips. Find year-long bundles for grades 2-3, 3-4, and 4-7 here.
2. Color by number (or color by code) activities are ready to use
There’s no prep on your part. Just pick the page that covers the topic you’re working on, print it out, and you’re done! It’s JUST THAT SIMPLE!
3. They are differentiated to meet student needs
The units I use are differentiated in 2 ways: there are 2 versions of each picture-one that gives the number of items to find and one that doesn’t- and the coloring pages increase in difficulty the higher the number. DIFFERENTIATION DONE!
The multiplication pages include easy skip counting songs and the parts of speech pages come with definitions and example sentences using the part of speech.
4. The coloring worksheets are great for display
Put them up in the classroom or hallway. When you want a colorful bulletin board, the coloring pages provide a low-prep option for you.
5. The coloring worksheets are versatile
They can fit into your day almost any time. They’re great morning work, perfect for early finishers, ideal for after recess, they work perfectly for after teaching a lesson and you want students to practice a skill, they are excellent Friday work, and as an end-of-the-day activity. You can use them in centers, as individual work, partner works, or for small group. You might like this blog post on making grammar fun. It’s filled with practical ideas that engage students and help make learning the parts of speech more accessible and make more sense. Find the making grammar fun blog post here.
6. Color by number worksheets are ideal to leave for a sub
When you need a guest teacher for an hour, ½ day, full day, or longer, the coloring pages make planning a breeze because the worksheet is done. If a lesson is needed, I’ve created reference pages for each part of speech, including example sentences. The references pages also provide scaffolding for students who need more support. I love having students keep a copy of the definitions and example pages in their binders or desks all year long.
7. The coloring worksheets require little grading
Since the color by number worksheets are all about using the correct color to identify answers, a quick glance lets you know if a student needs more support. If there’s an incorrect color, you know the answer isn’t correct.
These are just some of the reasons to use color by code work in your classroom. I’ve created them for students to practice their multiplication facts, related multiplication and division facts, and for parts of speech for a variety of grade levels including grades 2-3, grades 3-4, and grades 4-7. Find them here.
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