Sick and tired of the plain old ordinary word wall that sometimes just is "there", but the kids don't really know how to utilize it? Well, check out my "Word Bank", where we make weekly, sometimes daily, deposits of new words. The trick? Assigning money amounts to words so that students don't quickly forget the meaning of the word or how to use it contextually. Students have their own "Word Bank Register" to add "BIG MONEY Words" to use in their writing.
$1 Word - "Call"
...but you could use a $10 word the help the reader really visualize what your character is doing by calling someone.
$10 Word - "Summon"
...ok...now we're talking!...But what if I wanted to beef it up a little more? Let's just a $50 word.
$50 Word - "Beckon"
The children are able to use word association by seeing the synonyms so they are constantly making the connection to what the word TRULY means, not just memorize it for a quiz, or hear it once, and forget all about it.
This packet includes:
- "Word Bank" poster
- $1, $10, & $50 Words - word plates
- 2 pages of directions
- "BIG MONEY Words" commonly used words in reading and writing that can be added to a writing or reading binder
- Blank "BIG MONEY Words" Registry to add words from classroom "Word Bank" so they can revisit, and reuse
What a great idea! I can't wait to use this in my classroom as a fun way to encourage my students to use more descriptive words in their writing. I'm a little unclear about how to subtract money and/or set a goal for $$ usage, but I'll play around with that during the school year. Thank you!
Hey, Kerri! Thanks so much for the comment!! I'm sorry it was unclear. Maybe I can help! :) When I mean we want to "deduct" a word, that just means to "remove" it from the board to "deposit" or add, a new word. WE leave words up for a while that they like to use in their writing A LOT. For example, one word we left up pretty much all year was "summon". (I think I used that as an example in the packet). They liked to use that instead of saying "call" or "asked". It was pretty cute! :) Then, they would add their own words to the board as we were reading a picture book during a mini lesson. Very interactive! :) Hope this helps, and thanks for the great rating! :)