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The Word of the Day

January 9, 2011 3 Comments

The Word of the Day

January 9, 2011 3 Comments
I wanted to take a break from my planning and housework today to share something I just whipped up for my kids.

And because it’s way more fun to blog than plan or do laundry!

I don’t know if your school does something similar, but we have a “Word of the Day” each morning on the announcements. The announcers read the word, give a quick definition, and use it in a few sentences.

Many of my ELL students love this part of the morning. They listen carefully for the word, work on pronouncing it correctly, and try to spell it accurately.

I, of course, love it because they are listening to gain information in English, working on defining words based on context clues, spelling new and unfamiliar words and so on. We usually write this word on the whiteboard, use it in our own sentences, break it into syllables to spell it…it’s just great.

I wanted to make something a bit more permanent however, because you always have those students who utilize everything as a resource…charts, posters, books, everything. I have several of those kind of students this year.

So, I made a two page chart to record the word, the definition, and a sentence to put the word in context. This is what we already do in class. The only difference is, I’m hoping to keep these together on rings, so students can refer back to words when they need them in the future.

I made circle for the hole punches, but only on the first page…since the paper can be copied back-to-back and flipped each day.

I used two of those binder rings I had lying around on my desk (is that their official name?).

For the top part, I’m going to use some of those little 3M hooks and attach it to the front whiteboard. I’ll keep the whole thing kid-height, so the students can reference the chart

(though now that I’m typing this, I don’t know what I mean…my 5th graders are almost taller than I am! And I’m not that short!!).

We’ll just flip to a new page each day for the new word. I hope you can perhaps use this as well…even if you do your own “Word of the Day” within your classroom. The two page file is below:

“Word of the Day” chart

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  • Angelina Ford June 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I love this idea. I did something similar with my students when I taught 1st grade a few years ago. I did it with their 'primary composition notebooks'. It went like this…
    Today is…(Monday, January 3, 2008). The word of the day is…(the word). (the word) …means… (the word definition). (Then we use the word in a sentence). Lastly, they draw a picture of what the word means.

  • Colleen September 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I was just curious was font you used for this. I thought it would be nice and easier to type in the word of the day and use a different color.

    • Kristen September 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

      It's Elephants in Cherry Trees by Kevin and Amanda 🙂

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I’m looking to add a little more accountability/motivation for my students, so this week we are going to start tracking our usage. My fourth graders will store their sheets in their binders so their data is kept private, then I’ll send it home in our weekly folders so parents can see progress as well.
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Honestly, I would pile things in there and slam the door fast, in hopes the pile wouldn’t collapse 😂
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So I FINALLY got some shelving and sorted everything into bins...and I am in heaven.
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Now if only all bins were the same color blue...
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    • Need a last-minute valentines gift for your class?
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Or is it just me who is frantically doing this now? 😂
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These are some editable coupons I shared years ago on my blog that are perfect for those no-cost presents. I’ve been saving our scholastic points, so everyone is getting a coupon to choose a book for our classroom library tomorrow. 📖❤️
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    • Binders, folders, or notebooks?
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Over the years I’ve become a binders kind of girl...I tried to go with notebooks again this fall and it wasn’t the same. There’s just something about having everything all in one place.
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So in January, I switched back to binders and I’m so glad I did. I use prenumbered tabs which saves A TON of time in setting them up (see the last pic). I try to number the handouts in the bottom corner to match the tab number it belongs in (when I remember to 😉) but really it’s a great exercise in following directions as papers are handed out if I don’t remember to number them.
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My fourth graders LOVE their binders...my students from last year mention them when they come back to visit (it was actually thanks to them I got binders again, since they enjoyed them so much). Next fall, it’ll be binders from the start for us!
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    • I received a few questions on how to get the day count on @planbookcom, so I wanted to share it here (it’s super quick!).
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If you go into the Display settings, you will find a drop down menu under “Date Styling”.
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Click the check box next to “show school day counter” and you should be all set!
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I have a couple of blog posts about planbook and I’m working in some updated ones to share soon...anything in particular you’d like to see more about?
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    • Did you know you can add little check boxes to Google Sheets? ✅
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I’m REALLY trying to get more ahead in my lesson planning so I can have my weekends free...and this little check box tool is helping with just that!
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I set up a Sheets doc with each subject area I need to plan for. In the second column, I added the check boxes (you can find them under Insert).
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It’s a really nice feature for those little checklists you want to reuse each week! Now back to lesson planning 😬
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