I design these word splashes to use during my mini-lesson for vocabulary. I create an original story using the vocabulary for the Journeys story we are reading and try to incorporate the theme of that story. I project this onto the board and give my students their own hard copy that gets glued into their Literacy notebook. We read the story, circle their vocabulary words and underline the words in the sentence that help us to figure out the meaning. An excellent resource for teaching finding the meaning of the word using context clues!