This is a super easy book that preschoolers can make to help them practice reading color words.
A book about colors to read to the class
Bear Colors book, one per child
Die cut bear shapes in red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, brown, and black, one set per child
Pencils or crayons
Begin by reading a book about colors to the class. Two good choices are Color Bears by Judy Palaferro and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.. After reading the book and talking about the different colors, tell the children that they are going to be making their own color book about bears.
Give each child a pre-stapled copy of the Bear Colors book and a set of colored bear shapes. Have the children find the cover of the book and read the title to them. Then let them write their names on the line under the title. Open the book to the first page and read it to the class, red bear. Ask the children if they can find the word, red on the page. Say the word slowly and ask what letter they would expect to see at the beginning of the word. Have the children point to the word and read it. Then do the same with the word bear. Have the children find the red bear shape and hold it up. When all of the children have found the correct bear, show them how to glue the red bear onto the first page of the book. Continue reading the rest of the book and gluing the matching bears to each page.
Once the books are finished, read through them again as a class. Encourage the children to point to the words as they read. Stop once or twice and ask the children to point to a certain word. "Can you point to the word green?" Let the children keep the books to practice reading. The colored bears will give strong support to the simple, repetitive text to help the children begin to learn to read both color words and the word bear.
Ask each child to read his book to you. Notice which children can point to the individual words and which ones are only looking at the bear shapes. Have the children point out specific words or count the words on the page. Another assessment idea is to show them a list of the color words from the book and ask them to read the list. How many words are they able to read out of context?
As a fun, math follow-up to the lesson, give the children candy gummy bears or bear counters to sort by color. Make sorting mats with the colors written on them for the children to put their bears on. They can also count how many of each color they have.