Are you looking to spice up your vocabulary, have your students take more ownership of their learning, and move into more of a "common core" approach to your "Word a Day" instruction? I say no more busy work! I use cooperative learning for my vocabulary instruction and I won't go back!
This packet lays out how I use the "Word a Day" by Evan Moore in my classroom. (You need the "Word a Day" to really make the most of this packet!)
I have included a daily guide for a week of instruction, a frayer model template, a matching template, write and draw template, and posters to type your vocabulary words on to display in your classroom (several chevron colors). Best thing is you use this format every week! Students know the procedure and you won't have to use your time explaining what to do. This can also be used for different grades- since you are plugging in your own vocabulary words.