So, I am almost ashamed to share a post, considering that I haven't blogged consistently for a month or so now. Where did September go??? Anyway, while I haven't been blogging, I have been collecting pictures and ideas to share... as soon as time allowed me to actually create a post or two. *sigh*
This is a little update on one particular vocabulary exercise I have incorporated into my instruction with older students this year. I love this little Word of the Week center. I purchased it at the end of the year last year, so this is the first year I have actually used it into my classroom. As I began planning for it, I wanted to make sure that I provided multiple opportunities for my students to use these words frequently in my classroom. Ultimately, the goal is for students to carry these words outside the classroom as well.
We begin by reading the example and illustration, and then the students try to guess the meaning of the word. Once I share the actual definition, students map the word onto a bubble map as a group exercise. While I do love this vocabulary center, I needed a good space for students to accumulate the words as they learn them. With the center, you can only display the current word for the week. In order to provide a space for students to revisit all words as we go throughout the year, I created this small, simple ABC chart onto which students could transfer each week's vocabulary word and definition.
Tally Tales TPT store. You can download it for free here, and then store it in student binders, folders, or even in a center as an easy place for students to document sight words, vocabulary terms or thematic terminology as needed. Younger students can certainly use this, but it is an ideal tool for older students to consistently extend alphabetic knowledge skills.