Friday, April 12, 2013

"Words of the World"

Word Wall Words...We refer to these are our "Words of the World" in our space-themed classroom. We have cheers for each word that becomes a "Word of the World." For the past two years, I have put our current words of study in a pocket chart. This has allowed students to interact more with the words to reinforce recognition and spelling of words. For example, during Writer's Workshop, students may take a word from the pocket chart back to their table to assist with spelling. They know to put it back when they are finished in case another student needs the same word. When students from other countries are part of our class or move from a different state, we add their place of origin as one of our special "Words of the World." We also play different games like "Train Tuesday" and "Word of the World Word Find" on Fridays. As the year goes on, we "retire" older words to our cabinet "Word Wall." This way the words are still visible year-round, as word cheers are practiced and reinforced through different activities on a daily basis. For 15-20 minutes a day, we focus specifically on these words. Then these words are integrated throughout the day in all subject areas. You'll notice some of our phonics "hunks and chunks" cards in the chart as well. Students do similar activities with our phonics cards. We are close to our goal of 100 "Words of the World!" Whew...this year is flying by! :)

2 comments:

  1. I found you on the linky party on flashback Friday at Teaching Maddeness. Please check out my flashback because I am a little behind posting this week. I love your scrapbook idea and I'm your newest follower, Heather

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  2. Thanks Heather! I appreciate your sweet comment and look forward to checking out your flashback! Let's keep the sharing goin! ~Tava

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