Color Wheel Template and Directions
It is recommended that you print this out on white oak tag or heavy card stock.
Directions for Making an Individual Color Wheel: Cut out the colored circle
above. Cut the same size circle from oak tag or an index card without lines.
Cut out a pie piece from the plain circle that is 1/3 of the colored circle.
Ideally, the colored circle and plain circle should be laminated before
assembling. Use a metal brad to attach the plain circle to the front of the
colored circle. The finished product should allow you to see only one color
on the circle at a time.
Directions for Implementing a Color Wheel:
1. Establish criteria for each color. Typically green means that students
are free to move about the classroom and talk to peers and staff.
Yellow means that students are expected to stay in their assigned
areas and raise their hands if they have questions or comments. Red
means that students must stay in their assigned areas and may not
speak. This is used when giving instructions and it is not yet
appropriate to ask questions or comment.
2. Take the time to teach the criteria as you would any other concept
during a structured lesson.
3. Adhere the color wheel to the student’s desk. Position it to the
appropriate color each time the class makes a transition and the
4. Prompt the student verbally or gesturally until they are
independently responding to the color wheel as a visual cue for the