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Word of the Week II


Found in: language arts; vocabulary

Each week, I write an unusual vocabulary word on a large index card or strip. I then show the word to the class, pronounce it, and we discuss possible meanings for the word. I choose a small group of students to meet with me in the hallway to discuss the real meaning of the word. It is the challenge of the group to come up with a short skit that shows the meaning of this word. After just a minute or two, the group of students re-enters the classroom and demonstrates or acts out their word. The students are responsible for teaching this word to the rest of the class. This promotes class discussions on the origin of words, word usage and meaning and encourages class participation. Each word is then hung in the classroom for display and reviewed periodically for meaning, pronunciation, etc. Students are then encouraged to use these words in their classroom writing assignments.

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