This weekly project is a fun, yet powerful way to assist your students in vocabulary building. WOW can be used in reading, social studies, and science. Although I introduce the project and allow time for the first project to be done in class, the following weeks this project is done at home, so it doesn't take up valuable class time.
Wow stands for Word of the Week and is designed to help you cut down on all the correcting, as you help students learn how to correct and score student papers using the provided rubric. As students gain an understanding of how to collaborate with each other on scoring the WOW pictures, they are empowered with the ability to create their words.
Students write the word, the definition, the part of speech, and use the word in a sentence on the back of the poster. On the front of the poster, students create a picture that demonstrates the sentence they wrote. Students also embed the word, sentence, definition, and part of speech into the picture. The word is usually the title of the picture.
The power point is the lesson to teach students how to create their own WoW papers.
Simply run off the worksheet on slide 17 and you are ready to go. Tell students that this worksheet is the back side of their WoW paper. Students do the backside of the paper first, then draw and color the front. Outline with pen, and turn in.
You choose how you want the papers corrected. At the beginning of the year I correct in my guided reading groups, then I move on to having students correct and then conference with the student who did the paper. I find that the students learn more if they do the correcting.
Your students will create some amazing posters as they build their vocabulary.