This word journal can be used as part of your daily 5 activities.
These curriculum based words are designed to help students gain concept attainment. There are only SCIENCE words in this resource.
They are the words that students will use during a Word Work literacy centre, for homework, or you can post them on a word wall in your classroom. Each word is designed to build student vocabulary as you are teaching each unit.
The word journal:
How to make the Word Journal a part of your daily literacy block.
1. Start by choosing 10 words per week from a unit of study that is being taught. Spend time introducing them to your students on Monday. (Included in the sample)
2. Once the students have recorded the words into their Weekly Word List have them complete the Word Knowledge Checklist. This enables them to start critically thinking about the concept meaning of the words.
3. Next they will choose 4 of the 10 words to work with for the remainder of the week.
A weekly word list template has been provided so that you may hand it out to your students.
4. Each new week, you are to create a package by making copies that the students can work from. You will notice that from days Tuesday through Friday, there are 4 activities per day that you can choose from. This allows you to cycle through the activities as you
see fit creating more variety from week to week, and differentiate for the specific needs of your students. It is recommended that they have a word work binder or folder so that they can safely store their Word Journals, as well as stay organized.
5. Each day the students work to complete one of the activities. Be sure to follow the schedule so that each day they encounter a new opportunity to learn about their words.
6. Try to check in with your students daily to monitor their progress. At the end of the week, you may want to collect the journals to assess what they have achieved that week.