I love the 4 section paint chips because it is perfect for a Frayer Model for vocabulary words. My students make a paint chip for each vocab word and refer to them throughout the week.
I use them 2 different ways:
1. Frayer- They write the word, definition, examples, and non-examples of the word.
2. In the first section they put the word, then the definition in their own words, a juicy sentence, and finish with a picture.
Here are some of the ones we have done:
Other Ideas to use these paint chips for:1. Dictionary skills: Could write the word to look up, page they found it on, the definition given, the part of speech, sentence given, word that comes before and after...etc.
2. Grammar Sentences- Writing Super Sentences. They could start with plain sentence and show how to build it. Example: 1st section "The dog barked" 2nd- "The dog barked loudly. 3rd- The fluffy dog barked loudly. 4th: "the fluffy white dog barked loudly last night".
3. Life cycle: Could write the steps of a frog, snake, plant, butterfly's life cycle on each section with a picture.
4. Main idea: Could write the Main Idea on the top section and 3 supporting details on the other 3.
5. Math: FACT Families. Students could draw a card with 3 numbers and write the fact family, one fact on each sections. (Example: 4,3,12------ 4x3=12, 3x4=12, 12/4=3, 12/3=4)
6. Expository writing or Sequencing- First, next, then, and last!
7. Place Value- Could turn sideways and turn it into a place value table. Write each number in a separate column.