Word of the Day - A Daily Vocabulary Activity

7/30/2014 / 8 comments

I recently updated my Word of the Day set, adding coordinating clipart which helps to enhance understanding of each vocabulary word. While I worked on this, I also created a PowerPoint version of this set.

My fifth graders loved the Word of the Day last year. It was our opening for Word Study, during the last block of the day. I had the entire WOTD set printed out, but sometimes I would forget to swap the words out. (We all know how crazy those days can get!)

One day I decided to upload the file to my computer, so we could project it onto the screen. This was a huge help, especially for a few students with vision problems.

Usually several students would have to  walk across the room in order to read it, record the definition and create their own context sentence for their notebook. This saved a ton of time!

As the weeks went on, we were studying how to use the context of a sentence to understand what a word means. I decided to incorporate this into the WOTD. I added in some boxes, covering up the word and the definition.

It was a humongous hit! The new interactive way of learning the word was a whole lot more engaging for all of us!

Here's how to use the interactive PowerPoints:

Each set (both ppt and printable version) contain the following:

Here are a few sample posters and slides from each of the four sets:

What I love most about this activity is how fast, but meaningful it is. I cannot tell you how many times students would come up to me, excitedly waving a book around when they found one of the words we have worked with that year!

If you are interested in using this resource in your class, you can enter below using Rafflecopter. I am giving away one copy of each set! Good luck!

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  1. I have been eying these for a while. I would love to use them with my 4th graders! I think the PowerPoint version is genius in how you made it interactive. I already have plans made in my head for using them!

  2. Oops. I left the comment before I clicked and saw the prompt. I would love to use it either at the beginning of our day, or at the beginning of our reading/writing block. I envision each child having a vocabulary notebook that we break up by letters like a dictionary. Each day they add the new word, definition, sentence, and maybe an illustration. I love how you included all of that!

  3. Would love to win this! I would use this in the morning after Reading:)

  4. I teach 5 classes of reading. This would serve perfectly as my "bell work" right when students walk in. Love it!

  5. I am a special education teacher & these would be great for my reading groups.

  6. This would be great as part of our morning work. One of our school goals this year is to work on Vocabulary!

  7. This is perfect! I love the interactive and printable versions. I'm curious how you acquired these word lists. What source, if any, did you use?


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