Vocabulary Strategies in Action
This term, we have begun working on expanding our vocabulary skills. This means our word knowledge, spelling, and word choice skills. Rather than studying a list of randomly chosen words to memorize for a weekly quiz, we have launched an inquiry into what makes some people so knowledgeable about words and able to use and spell them so well. Our investigation has led us to the following conclusions.
Word Wizards know:
In order to get students practicing these skills, I have developed a program I like to call “Words Worth Knowing”. It is based on relevant research and years of helping students develop their own word skills. Students have had great success with the program and your child has recently begun their own inquiry into some challenging vocabulary. Your child is creating a comprehensive collection of Keynote slides that communicate important elements of knowledge around our chosen words. Each slide contains the following elements, and as the year progresses, so too will the required elements for each slide. The words for our list come from the lessons, discussions and activities we enjoy in class.
Each slide needs to communicate the following elements:
At the end of each month, students will participate in a fun and interactive "game" that will test their knowledge of each of the month's WWK's. As the year progresses, students will be asked to completed additional tasks for each of the designated words. I have seen students achieve excellent results in terms of expanding their spoken and written vocabulary through the practice this project provides. Feel free to ask your child to share their WWK Keynote with you and engage them in discussions about the various components of the on-going assignment.