***This product correlates to the language strand of the Common Core State Standards, specifically for grades 4-6. I've included the specific standards that the organizers can help you cover on a daily basis!***
Another version of this product began as a way to practice my biweekly vocabulary units. But, now I use it as a way to review what I call "word work" skills. I still use a vocabulary program, but I also incorporate phonics skills, spelling, sight words (of my own choice, not related to the vocabulary program),word parts, context clues,and anything else I feel is important. You can use this with any set of words. I think it works best when used as a consistent part of reading instruction. But, it is able to be customized, so you can use it in any way that works for you!
Note that this 24 page product consists of the three organizers you see in the product images. There are enough pages in the file to allow you to easily customize an entire unit's worth of words.
I start with the base of the 15 vocabulary words that come with my chosen program. Then, I break the words apart and use various skills to study the words. This journal is a Word 2007 document, and it can be adjusted to fit your needs. It consists of a page for discussing chosen phonics rules (I use ones that are exhibited by one or more of the vocabulary words in my list), a page for spelling lists(I only do spelling for 10 words, a mix of the vocabulary words and sight words), and then a template to work with the 15 words in my vocabulary program's word list. There is not a free preview, because if I gave any, it would be most of the book! The total product consists of 24 pages, including the cover. The thumbnails show you the entire book, in order, with one sample of the vocabulary study template. You can easily customize this product to your liking, or add any extra activities you need to. You could also use it as is! Below is sample of how I use it.
Monday of week 1 of a vocabulary word list: I present the list and discuss definitions of each word. I introduce the phonics concepts and focus mostly on spelling, phonics, and chosen sight words. I complete one word study page with the class.
Tuesday, I review the list and definitions and complete one to two vocabulary study pages with the students. I assign one to two as homework.
For the remainder of the week and the following week, we complete one to two vocabulary study pages daily and I assign some as homework.
Extra practice for all of the skills is provided with other activities in whole class and small group/center activities. This is mostly the guided portion and independent practice portion of the studying of the words for a two week period. It is not meant to be the entire instructional process. The books are due to me by the Friday of the second week, the day of the assessments. I grade one homework vocabulary study page for correctness and then I give credit for the entire book being done. It's worth only 5 points. But, this is mostly due to the fact that a large part is done together and my district's homework policy. This is just one idea of how it could be used.
Also, this is for upper elementary or lower middle school. Students should already be familiar with terms like, context clues, synonyms, antonyms, etc. I delve deeply into all of these vocabulary related concepts in fourth grade. So, I do have to "train" my students on what is expected when working with each concept related to a word. But, my fourth graders use these activities wonderfully.