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Back to School: Create a Name with Vocabulary Words

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This simple back-to-school vocabulary activity is a great icebreaker and will get students immediately learning new vocabulary words. Also, this brief activity can serve to introduce your vocabulary book, help students access previous vocabulary, and set the precident that words are an important part of the curriculum. Teachers also benefit from this classroom activity! I found that Create a Name with Vocabulary Words not only helped me remember the names of my students, but gave me a glimpse of their individual personalities.

First, download and print my Create a Name with Vocabulary Words handout. Next, instruct students to flip through their vocabulary book (or alternatively a vocabulary list). Have them write down the vocabulary words that in some way describe their personalities-preferably with some alliterative or consonance connection to their own first and/or last name. 

Some examples:

Elementary:
Ms. Ressler at the Center  (as the teacher)
Ms. Ressler the Inventor (that’s what we teachers do every day!)
Ms. Ressler the Present Leader (this year, I’m your teacher) 

Middle/High School:
Ms. Ressler the Benefactor (I am here to give you knowledge)
Ms. Ressler the Venerable Renegade (I like to flout traditions and am become respected amongst my peers) 

Have the students write their finalized name (extra points/awards if they can use more than one word) on the name tag handout provided and decorate it. They can attach their vocabulary names to their desks or you could hang them around the classroom!

 

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Common-Core-Standards Common Core State Standards:
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 5.
Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge

 

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Vocabulary Strategies: Vocab Workshop Word Wall (Grade 6)

I love word walls for the simple fact that they are amazing teaching tools. With them, both my students and I have a permanent reminder of vocabulary words each day. They are also a great reminder for me to use the words in my directions, as well as provides students with vocabulary support in their writing assignments or classroom discussions. How can you go wrong with that!? Here are some additional benefits of word walls:

  • While some students are stronger visual learners and others auditory learners, they are all still affected by what they see. So essentially, word walls benefit all types of learners.

  • Word walls work for any grade! As students move up, word walls can take on new forms and purposes.

  • Instead of guessing how a word is spelled, students can look for it on the wall. Hopefully, over time they will remember how to spell the word on their own.

  • You can add new information and content to them as you go. 

  • Word walls can be used for various subjects. For instance, word walls in math class can provide visual cues and graphic representations of content, and for science, they can help students make connections between concepts.

 

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I’ve had such success with vocabulary word walls in my own classroom that I’ve decided to do a series of word wall downloads for my readers! Today, the Vocabulary Workshop Word Wall  available for free download is for 6th grade students. The list of words comes from Level A, Units 1–5 of Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop. Even though this word list is from Vocabulary Workshop Grade 6, it could really be used with students Grades 6–12. All students 6+ should know these vocabulary words!

Which grade level word wall do you want to see next?

 

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Back to School: Breaking the Ice with Vocabulary Words

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The first day of school evokes feelings of anxiety and excitement in both students and teachers. As teachers begin planning for the new school year its important to brainstorm activities that will "break the ice" and ease feelings of discomfort in students. During the first week of class teachers should focus more on fostering relationships and building a community within the classroom, than curriculum objectives.

Games are on of the best ways to encourage camaraderie and get students talking! Today I'm highlighting a game I shared last August. Vocabulary Icebreaker is a simple game I created based off an "icebreaker" activity I participated in at a workshop called "Exquisite Corpse". I like this game because it lends itself to vocabulary development and fosters a jovial classroom dynamic.

To play, students are each handed a strip of blank paper (you can use the template I created or just cut up slips of blank paper), and students write the best adjective they can think of (have them try to use their previous vocabulary words) at the top of their papers.

Then they fold their papers back so that their adjective is hidden, and pass their slips on to the next person in their row/circle/group etc. That person writes the best noun that s/he can think of (again, push for vocabulary words here) and then folds the paper so it is not visible to the next participant. The next participant than writes an impressive verb on the slip. The game is repeated three more times in the same adjective-noun-verb order. The final player then adds any needed articles and fixes any verb tense issues to make the sentence grammatically correct. Students can share aloud the most novel, hilarious or befuddling sentences created by their peers.

Not only is this a fun way to see what students consider “vocabulary words,” and you can see the range of vocabulary prowess in your class, it is definitely a great way to foster a positive class community.

 

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Common-Core-Standards Common Core State Standards:
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge.

 

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5 Pieces of Advice To New Teachers

New-TeachersAnother school year means new teachers! I am asked each year to mentor new teachers-a job I love except for all the paperwork involved. I have noticed that I tend to give all of my first year teachers the same basic advice at the beginning of the year –essentially advice I wish that my mentors would have given to me. I hope that you can use this advice to give yourself a little counsel and also pass it on to those new teachers who need it.

 

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Back to School: Puzzle Together Your Vocabulary Words, Grades 1–12

Vocabulary-ActivityI really love the idea of creating and then reassembling a jigsaw puzzle to review one’s words (thanks Jake!).  I am going to print out copies of the downloadable jigsaw template onto cardstock and then have each student pick one of the following options:

  • Write one vocabulary word on each puzzle piece and draw a coordinating picture on the other side.  Then link the pictures together so that the jigsaw puzzle has another larger image that ties together all the smaller pictures. Once you cut the pieces out from the cardstock, review the words as you recreate the finished puzzle.

  • Write coordinating vocabulary words on neighboring pieces.  For example, if you have the word “expunge” and the word “extirpate” (both mean to get rid of something) –put those two words next to each other.  Then, on the other side of “expunge”, perhaps write “truculent” because someone who is “truculent” (angry) often “expunges” items. Once you cut the pieces out from the cardstock, review the words and their related meanings as you recreate the finished puzzle.

  • Write your vocabulary words on separate puzzle pieces and then draw a lovely pictures that weaves around all of the words.  On the back of each puzzle piece, write the definition of the word.  Once you cut the pieces out from the cardstock, review the words as you recreate the finished puzzle.



Students love puzzles, especially spatial and kinesthetic who might not always be able to have a physical activity to do while studying words.  Hopefully this is a unique enough twist for students to learn to piece words and meaning together!

 

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Common-Core-Standards Common Core State Standards:

Language Standard 3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge

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