The Common Core is putting great emphasis on vocabulary! Therefore, as a grade level, my teammates and I wanted to create a daily vocabulary practice.
Ways to Implement:
Use as morning work as students arrive to class.
Use as afternoon work or a cool down when students come back from recess.
Use in your Literacy Centers/Daily Five Word Work Stations.
Use for early finishers.
Use during a light break/snack time.
Use as an additional set of words for a spelling challenge word list.
Ideas for Use:
I introduce my students to four vocabulary words per week. I give my students a back-to-back copy of the student recording form every Monday (there are 4 work spaces, one for Monday-Thursday). Students complete one section per day during our snack/bathroom break time. Students are encouraged to use colored pencils in their pencil sketches to add more details. After our weekly spelling test (Friday), I recite the vocabulary words as added bonus words to our spelling test and include the bonus words in our spelling test scores. On the back side of our spelling test notebook paper, students then complete a quick oral vocabulary quiz. I simply give out the four definitions and students are required to record the matching vocabulary word. This is a quick quiz that is a separate vocabulary score.
Print, laminate, and cut cards for durability.
Make multiple back-to-back copies of the student recording form.
Place all heading cards in a pocket chart. Place pocket chart at a convenient spot for all students to see from desks.
Store extra words and part of speech cards behind existing cards for easy daily use.
Thank you and enjoy!