Word Rock! Every day we’re expanding…

February 13, 2012

Word Rock! Every day we’re expanding…

February 13, 2012
our vocabulary!! To the tune of Party Rock Anthem, of course. That’s all my students have sung. For the entire year. Not that I don’t love the song, but it’s been a long year.

No matter, I’ve figured out a way to jazz up an old routine that has worked well for my classes in the past!

Last year, I posted how I used the Word of the Day

It was the best! Each day, a new lovely word was shared over the morning announcements and we recorded, defined, and provided context for the word. In a boring-ish but successful format (you can read more about it by clicking that green link above).

This year, the Word of the Day is no longer part of our morning announcements. And I’m sorry to say I haven’t kept this little lesson going, due to this fact. But I’ve missed it a lot!

So I’ve decided to revisit this on my own, using a new format. I will create my own words for the week based on content covered in class or testing vocabulary…it’s so easy to find those kind of resources online. I also found a word of the day website at SuperKids…pretty cool, huh?

I will display the Word of the Day (now known as the WAY more exciting Word Rocks!) on our front whiteboard in a binder, as I have for Word Detectives in the past…
This will be the one thing I actually don’t have students record/keep in their binders…since it’s just a quick, whole-group activity and they can refer back to the binder for previous words when needed.

So the cover sheet will be displayed above the binder…
And these sheets will be the binder pages…

To be filled out like so…

I’m also including a more traditional sheet (terminology-wise) in case you would like something more straightforward (this is the one I’ll probably end up using, since my students are newcomer ELLs and I want them to understand this clearly)…
And that’s it! I’ve had this darling clipart for about an age…I bought it impulsively because it’s 80’s (LOVE!) but then I thought some of it look kind of hipster-ish. Hence the song reference! Everything always comes back into style, huh?

Ok, now I feel old for saying that, so I suppose it’s a good stopping point for me! I hope you have a very happy Sunday evening and let me know if this is something you will be able to use in class! 🙂

Word Rock!

Border Graphic by Miss Tiina at www.misstiina.com


  • Katie and Steve February 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

    L.O.V.E. this! I'll be using this tomorrow!


  • Mrs. Schenkelberg February 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

    LOVE the idea of having a word of the day over the announcements. Cute stuff! My students do WOTD in our class too! This is how I teach it: http://schenkgr4.blogspot.com/2011/12/vocabulary-freebie.html

    I think I might have to use your binder idea for teaching idioms/figurative language- those are always an obstacle for ELLs.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  • Kelley Cirrito February 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love it Kristen!! I am going to download it and save it for next year! I hope you had a great weekend and have a super week! Thanks for sharing such great ideas! You are truly an inspiration!

  • Ginger Snaps February 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I just recently bought this clip from Maree for my Sound Scoot game and I LOVE IT!! Super cute! Totally gonna have to use this!

  • Jennifer February 13, 2012 at 1:11 am

    What a cool idea! Love it!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  • Kim February 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Hi Kristen:
    I love the way you organized this! You make everything so fun and cute.
    I loved the "look back" to last year's system too.
    Gotta love a girl who loves her binders!
    We do a word of the week (un-cute). Last week it was "corpulent" (partly because I was so tired of hearing them call people "fat"!)
    I've added a "sounds like" section to our words since my kids (some of whom are English Learners) don't always know how to pronounce the words. So, under "Sounds like," the word "meloncholy" was written "melon-call-ee" It's fun to watch them sound it out and smile when they get it right.

    Wishing you lots of warm thoughts from California…

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  • Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright February 13, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I LOVE it!!! I was so excited when it came up on my blog roll, I had to check it out 🙂 I totally have the song stuck in my head now by the way…hehe 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Have a great rest of your night 🙂

    Lisa 🙂
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  • Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron February 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

    such a cool idea!!

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  • Erika February 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

    What a fun way to spice up word work! Thanks.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  • Kathy February 13, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I LOVE that! Too, too cute!

    THANKS for sharing!
    First Grade a la Carte

  • Runde's Room February 13, 2012 at 3:10 am

    What a FANTASTIC idea!!! And I LOVE the whiteboard binder … think I'll be adding something new to my day next year. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Runde's Room

  • Kristin February 13, 2012 at 3:37 am

    LOVE the clipart AND the 80s!!!!!! 🙂 This is so cute and creative — I love "song lyrics" and "more hits". Super duper adorable. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Kristin February 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Hi Kristen,
    I have been following your blog for a while and am so excited to share with you my newly finished blog! Come check it out:


  • Hadar February 13, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I can't believe you said "hipster" hahaha! Oldie!

    Love you 😉

  • Clutter-Free Classroom February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I also got a chuckle out of the use of "Hipster." This is such a fun resource and I'll try not to be bitter about the fact that (without trying) you got the Party Rock song stuck in my head. It lived in there for much of the fall, but was replaced when my kids moved onto a new LMFAO-inspired ditty. Knowing that "I'm Sexy and I Know It" is not "school appropriate," they opt for "I'm Elmo and I Know It." Try teaching with that on autoplay in your head. Happy Monday!

    ❤Jodi from…
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  • Trina February 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    This resource is great! Not only have I started using it in my class, but I'm thinking about shrinking them to create "Word Albums". 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Melanie Conger February 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Just found your blog, and I already have so many great ideas from you! Thanks for your creativity!

    First Grade Brain Sprinkles

  • Amber Unger March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    OMG…I am supposed to be working on my PDP right now, but I cannot step away from your nearly discovered blog!!! Your blog is AMAZING and you are so awesome for sharing so many useful printables! 🙂 I am switching from Kindergarten to 3rd grade next year, so I will be visiting you a lot!

  • Anonymous June 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    What do you use to attach the binder to the whiteboard?

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