My district just finished its first year with Scott Foresman’s Reading Street 2013 edition. I’ve played around with a few different ways of incorporating the Amazing Words into my daily instruction. I’ve had a word wall with all the Amazing Words for the year, introduced them whole group, and had students look up the amazing words at a center. Next year I’d like to try having my students create an Amazing Words vocabulary journal to span the entire school year. I plan to have my students complete these vocab. graphic organizers at a student centered literacy center. I will give kids access to dictionaries, thesauruses, and the internet for them to look up each word and complete the graphic organizer for each word.
In the past I’ve had students record their vocabulary words, definitions and illustrations in a blank spiral notebook. However, I’ve been doing some research on the benefits of using a “Frayer’s Model” to teach vocabulary. After viewing numerous different samples, I’ve narrowed it down to the four categories I feel are most beneficial to my students. I believe that by using this graphic organizer to teach vocabulary my students will have a deeper understanding of their weekly vocabulary words.
I’ve created this product as a year-long vocabulary journal. Students can add to it as you go throughout the entire school year. For each amazing word the model includes four sections for students to complete: 1.) definition 2.) picture/model 3.) characteristics/examples 4.) non-examples.
You may choose to complete these graphic organizers in a whole group setting so you can discuss each word as a class, have students look up each word independently in a dictionary and complete the pages on their own, or have students work with a partner or small group.
To use this product simply print the title page and as many of the blank vocabulary pages as you need for the school year. Then you can either staple the pages together or bind them with black spiral rings. You can have your students color the title page if you wish, or print it in color.
I hope you and your students find this vocabulary journal beneficial and engaging!