I have used the "$100 word challenge" previously in class and decided to modify it for my third grade RtI reading group. We talked started by talking about quality words to use in our speech and writing. There is a rating system where each letter has a certain value, so when you add up the value of each letter, you find out the "worth" of that word. We realized the more unique and descriptive words have a higher value based on the $100 word challenge. The class thought of synonyms and compared the "worth" of the words. We expanded this into a peer-evaluation, writing and art project. Each student creates a book cover and author page. When they are done, they have their very own book!
Lesson plans are included, along with a rubric to grade the book.