Welcome to the third part of this blog mini-series! So far we have discussed Khan Academy for math and Readworks for reading. Make sure to jump back and check out those posts. As you know, I currently have 2nd-5th graders in my classroom, so I have had to get really creative in the differentiation department. Now for website number 3…
Coloring Squared is an amazing website that is not very well-known. It is full of FREE math coloring sheets. I currently used this as part of my math centers. They are the easiest center to prepare and the kids love them! There are so many amazing pictures for every occasion. Every few weeks I print out a variety of pictures that cover the topic I want (I usually do the basic fact practice). I have a folder for each group in the center, so I just let the students choose a sheet from their group’s folder. It works great and it is so simple!
The Basics of Coloring Squared
- The website has hundreds of pixel-art pictures that use math.
- You can search for pictures by math topic, grade level, character, or theme.
- Includes characters such as Angry Birds, Minecraft, Nintendo, Star Wars, Transformers, and Emojis. There are other pictures, such as NFL football helmets, Disney characters, and other cartoons.
Benefits for Differentiation
- The main reason that this website made it on my top three websites for differentiation is a number of concepts covered by the pictures. Concepts include basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, place value, rounding, regrouping, geometry, fractions, decimals, and percents.
Ways to Use it in the Differentiated Classroom
- Math center
- Early finisher work
- Morning work or warm up
Have you ever used Coloring Squared in your classroom? How did you use it? Leave me a comment below and let me know!