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Good games/ideas with paint chips?

Mar 3, 2013 8:28am

Loved Sara Brown's paint chip idea. Any suggestions for turning it in to a lesson? Especially for ELL students?

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Differentiation


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    • Mar 6, 2013 12:01am

      Great idea -I think homophones would be perfect for the cards. Unfortunately I don't know any curriculum with that type of game. The Candy Land board game would also be well suited with the colors and the colored cards, older kids might still get a kick out of playing it too.

      • Oct 19, 2013 10:47am

        I have used the paint chips to create word families. For example, when I introduced weather, I wrote weather on a paint chip card. ( I used the one that has 7 sections.) The students had to write 6 words that had weather in it and make a connection to weather. Weather Map, weather worn, weather strip, weathering, etc... I did the word "humid" we discussed the meaning of the word. The students had to again find words that had humid in it and create a list of words. They wrote words like, humidity, humidifier, etc... The other way I used the cards was to make a list of synonyms. I modeled the first word for them. I listed 6 synonyms for a word. I cut the paint chip in half and wrote one of 3 vocabulary words on the paint chip. I had the student find 3 synonyms for their assigned word. After 3 minutes, we compiled a list for each word. I highlighted the vocabulary word that I assigned and when we compiled our list of synonyms, I asked the students to tell me what each word had in common, Maritime was one word, the student gave words like marine, naval, water, etc... they told me that the words related to water or moisture. We highlighted water and moist. I get my paint chips from Lowe's and Walmart.

        • Mar 5, 2013 5:49pm

          Thanks! I like that..... I was trying to think of a way to show the homophones of words like to, too, two on a card, and they could use the cards to answer definition questions. I guess I could turn that into a trivia game. Do you know of any curriculum with that type of game already, so that I don't have to reinvent the wheel?

          • Sep 9, 2014 8:24am

            I use the paint chips for my ESOL students. We do a lot of writing using the R.A.F.T.S. method and story starters. Each color represents a paragraph of a story topic (i.e. Intro, supporting paragraphs, conclusion). I start each paragraph and the students must finish it. The topics vary and require various degrees of research. At the end the students have a good example of a story using research and practice with the proper organization of a story.