I developed the "20 for 20 Challenge" to help my students (who are not big readers) begin to develop their severely lacking vocabulary knowledge.
We spent 20 days learning 20 new words in a variety of ways. We completed daily activities that included predictions, dictionary dash, examples of use, drawing examples, acting out words in skits and reviewing previous words.
As we learned them, I used the words as often as possible in my daily instructions, in Essential Questions, and assessments.
Included are the "Student" Edition and "Teacher" Edition.
Included In the Student Edition:
-Intro to 20 for 20
-Daily Word Sheet
-Complete 20 Word List
-Weekly Quiz + Week 4 Review Quiz
-Final 20 for 20 Exam Story
Included in the Teacher Edition:
-Instructions for Daily Activities
-Information about weekly and final assessments
-Texas State Standards Information
-Complete 20 Word List with Definitions
-Final Exam Answer Key + Link to Audio Version
Texas ELA Grade 6 Standards 20 for 20 Meets:
6.2 Reading/Vocabulary Development. Students understand new vocabulary and use it when reading and writing.
6.19 Oral and Written Conventions/Conventions. Students understand the function of and use the conventions of academic language when speaking and writing. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity.
6.28 Listening and Speaking/Teamwork. Students work productively with others in teams. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to participate in student-led discussions by eliciting and considering suggestions from other group members and by identifying points of agreement and disagreement.
6.2B use context (e.g., cause and effect or compare and contrast organizational text structures) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or multiple meaning words RC1
6.2E use a dictionary, a glossary, or a thesaurus (printed or electronic) to determine the meanings, syllabication, pronunciations, alternate word choices, and parts of speech of words RC1