Trophy words are designed to help students build students' vocabulary as readers and writers. These activities are designed to follow the research from Marzano’s 6 Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary.
Included in this product:
-A Master List of Words for 27 Weeks of Instruction (81 words total)
-A mini thesaurus for reference when students need it
-Flashcards: to practice the words and play games such as Quiz-Quiz Trade and -Inside-Outside-Circle
-Graphic Organizers to help students study each word
-Foldables for each set of words
-Word Wall Cards
-A Weekly Study Sheet with blank lines to practice writing using the words
-Interactive Activity Ideas
-27 Weekly Quizzes (optional)
Each week students will learn 2 new Trophy Words that could be used to replace an “ordinary word” in their writing. Most of the ordinary words are one word synonyms to help students have an easy way to remember the meaning of the Trophy Words. The words included are character feeling words, awesome adjectives, and vivid verbs.
When introducing Trophy Words for the first time, you can talk to the kids about different kinds of awards that authors could receive such as The Newberry Award. You have some examples of some award winning books to show your students. Tell the students that authors that have won these awards use excellent word choice in their writings instead plain ole’ ordinary words like good, bad, sad, like, and said. Learning how to use Trophy Words in place of ordinary words will help them become like award winning authors.
If a student uses a Trophy Word correctly in in their writing, oral communication, or finds a Trophy Word in their reading, you can give them a trophy “coupon.” These could be traded in for a small prize or just serve as a reward in themselves. You could also purchase a small plastic trophy to put on their desk. You could keep one class trophy to pass around or you could buy several small ones. These are available for purchase through Oriental Trading for very little amount of money. The kids will love this!
NOTE: We have created some colorful posters that have illustrations to go along with the Trophy Words that are available in our TPT store at this link:
Trophy Word Posters with Illustrations (colored)
Also, in our new Texas Tornado Spiral Review for Language Arts, there will be a section where students review the Trophy Words from throughout the year each day with different activities. This product will be available for purchase separately in our TPT store later this summer.
Please download the PREVIEW file to see more information and examples of the all the MANY resources included in this product.
Erica and Deonia