Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolution Helpers Day 5 & Giveaway

Happy New Year's Eve and welcome to The FINAL DAY (Day 5) of Resolution Helpers Week!
Each day, I will be sharing a classroom-themed resolution and a product that I have found will help keep that resolution the whole year and beyond. Some of these helpers are from my store, some of them are from publishers, and some are actual objects, but all have helped me in the past and will hopefully help start your new year off right in you classroom!

Classroom Resolution #5: 

I will incorporate meaningful vocabulary into my day and have fun doing it!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know one of my favorite classroom routines is Word of the Day. We use it to introduce content vocabulary, new and exciting words, and it never fails that weeks later, a student will find a previous WOTD in their book and celebrate (Teacher Heaven Moment!).

To read all about how I use Word of the Day in class, click HERE.

One of the ways I have loved stretching these vocabulary moments even more include Vocabulary Journals from The Teacher's Cauldron and my own Pick 3 Word Work:

Click HERE to see the Vocabulary Journal and HERE to see Pick 3.
I have fallen in love this year with Jen's Vocabulary Journal. It has been an easy, yet effective way to record our daily Word of the Day and share sentences, examples, and more. I have found there to be more teachable moments in these daily short lessons than ever before and the structure is simple for all of my students to understand.


For more info on how we incorporate these journals into our everyday schedule, check out my post HERE.

The other way I like to switch up our Word of the Day, Word Work words, content vocabulary, spelling words, and more is with the Pick 3: Word Work Practice.


I described Pick 3 in-depth HERE and love that these cards can be used for any word throughout the whole year. This helps me tremendously since I don't have to worry if a high and low kiddo are in Word Work at the same time-- they can both use these cards and be able to work on CCSS-aligned activities with words at their level.

This final giveaway consists of Jen's Vocabulary Journal and my Pick 3 Word Work Packet!

This is the fifth and final giveaway and you can enter below using Rafflecopter. All giveaways will end at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2014 and I will be emailing the winner later that afternoon. Be sure to check out all of this week's giveaways below!

Good luck!

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Be sure to enter all of the giveaways happening this week:
Image fonts from KG Fonts & Jen Jonesframe from Creative Clips, images from Scrappin' Doodles

28 comments:

  1. Vocabulary foldables are a big hit in my room!

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  2. We use interactive vocabulary notebooks!

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  3. We also use a word of the day method and interactive notebooks.
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  4. These resources look excellent, I definitely need to increase focus on vocabulary! tara_h91@hotmail.com
    Thanks for all of the wonderful tips!!

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  5. Vocabulary pictionary is a favorite in my room!!
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  6. Currently I review them as they relate to content, use word walls and games.

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  7. We review vocab daily with small group activities.

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  8. We play a game called Off My Back to review vocabulary. The kids LOVE it.

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  9. looks like a great way to incorporate all word work in a meaningful way that kids will love and will stick with them.

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  10. I have been using the vocabulary notebook this year. I really like it!

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  11. Thanks for the ideas. We use graphic organizers in an interactive notebook.

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  12. Incorporating a more organized and consistent approach to vocab is one of my goals for 2014!!! How do you pick your word of the week?

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  13. I like to use vocabulary games like Hedbanz!

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  14. In context through shared reading.

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  15. I definitely need to improve my vocabulary instruction! I love the idea of a vocabulary journal and word of the day!

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  16. I do a Word of the Day! I sometimes do a secret word that we talk about and then when I use that word they get to jump up and shout "We love words!"

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  17. I really need to do more in this area! Any help would be appreciated!

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  18. I have a "Buzz" word of the day. By the end of the day they have to have used it in a sentence either written or oral. If written they have to highlight it. When it's introduced they have to look the word up in the dictionary read the definition and then using an exit slip they have to write it in their own words and turn it in.

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  19. I started using our vocabulary words playing like game "Hedbanz"

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  20. I started do the Word of the Day when you posted on it a while back with that wonderful video! Thank you so much :)

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  21. I keep hearing about playing the Headbanz game (or a teacher-created alternative to it). I haven't tried it yet, but will do so in the new year! I always, always, always have the students tie a body movement to new vocabulary concepts. I work with a large EL population, so vocab instruction is huge in my classroom.

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  22. I've recently started using a Word of the Day/Week - we switch it up and do 1-2 words a week depending on the words.

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  23. I make word/picture cards to intro new vocabulary.

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  24. Vocabulary work is on my to do list for 2014. I want to increase word work and this would be perfect.

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  25. We use the word of the day and I give a prize (sticker) to the first student to find the definition and use it in a sentence. We also use the word of the day as a transition word.

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  26. We have words of the week that we discuss and review daily. I need ideas to ramp up vocabulary instruction for sure!

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  27. I just started using the Daily 5 this year and so I've been using your Word Work centers along with some others I've found on Tpt. I've always had an interest in having a word of the day, but just find it difficult to really find the time. Although, I read another teacher's comment about a word of the week, so maybe I will find a way to incorporate this into my classroom!

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)
~Stephanie