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The story “Caps For Sale” is used in this color words vocabulary lesson


Language Arts  




Title – Caps for Sale/Color Words
By – Kerry Watson
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – Kindergarten


  • Students will be able to recognize color words.
  • Students will be able to match color words to the correct color.


  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Pocket Chart
  • Sentence Strips for the sentence “Monkey, monkey in a tree, throw the _____________ cap down to me.”
  • Color Words
  • Index cards
  • Colored Caps
  • Photocopied caps (2 for each child)
  • Crayons
  • Pencils

Anticipatory Set:

  • Children will be told that they are going to get to play a matching game.


      1. The teacher will activate the students’ prior knowledge of colors.


      2. The teacher will discuss reasons for learning color words (i.e. art class, drawing or mixing paint, traffic lights, etc.)


      3. The teacher will introduce the book

Caps for Sale

      and guide the students through a picture walk.


      4. The teacher will read the story asking questions to check for understanding.


      5. The teacher will introduce the color caps and the monkey sentence.


      6. The teacher will model reading the sentence using one color cap and the color word (written in its color).


      7. The students will match the color word (written in its color) to the correct color hat.


      8. After each match is made, the class will read the sentence together.


      9. The teacher will introduce a new set of color words that are not written in different colors.


      10. The students will match the correct cap to the color word (not written in its color).


    11. The students will read the sentence together.

Closure: The teacher will ask:

  • What did we learn today?
  • What did you like about the story?
  • Why do we need to know our color words?


  • Students will be asked to choose two colors and color two caps in crayon. Students will then label the caps with the correct color
  • Students will also be given a homework assignment based on color words.


  • Students will sort the caps they colored as a class and then stack them together in groups. The stack will be used as part of a bulletin board.


  • Color words will be printed in their color.
  • A color chart with pictorial representation will be given to the individual child as needed.

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