This file contains 100 word cards and two signs (Vocabulary Word of the Day and Retired Words). Start by printing out and laminating the 2 headings and any or all of the 100 word cards. You could print them on colorful paper if you wanted to match a classroom theme or add a little pizzaz!
Every day, introduce a new vocabulary word until you reach a limit (10 or 15). The words should be displayed under the “Vocabulary Word of the Day” sign, and students could also keep track of them in an agenda, ELA notebook, etc. You can also post the words on your class website.
Students hunt for the words at home, in books or magazines, on TV or radio, or if they can use it or hear it used in conversation. When they find the word in context, they should write down the sentence it was used in to share their find with the class. If a child brings in an example of the word used in context, color in one star. The first year I did this, we added stickers, but I had to make a new set for the next year. So, now we just color them in with a dry erase marker.
Once a word has been found 6 times, it will be retired to the Retired Words wall. I tend to try to use the words a lot in class, so I say that conversation in our classroom doesn’t count towards the total, but other classes certainly apply (and other teachers are often happy to throw a word in here or there!)
Happy word hunting!