Thursday, July 16, 2015
Day 3 - Classroom Tips from Vegas
It's Day 3 of Classroom Tips from Vegas. In case you missed it, I just returned from and education conference in Las Vegas where I met some awesome teachers. I am excited to share with you what I learned from them!
Day 3 - Jen from Hello Mrs. Sykes
Jen was one of my favorite teachers I met in Vegas. She is so down-to-earth and "real" that I can only imagine how awesome it must be to be a student in her classroom. Reading through her blog is like opening a treasure chest of literacy loot. Where do I start?
Jen has created an engaging way to introduce vocabulary to your students every day, called Mystery Word of the Week. It is a strategy that she has created to encourage students to discuss words, their meanings, and share their reasoning.
Each day, the students receive a clue to the mystery word.
Day 1 - first letter, number of letters, and part of speech
Day 2 - synonyms
Day 3 - antonyms
Day 4 - context sentence
Day 5 - The Reveal! including the definition and a context sentence.
How brilliant is that? Let's try one of Jen's examples:
Day 1 - i _ _ _ _ _ _ _, adjective
Day 2 - bright, radiant, lustrous
Day 3 - dull, lackluster
Day 4 - The campers moved swiftly through the darkness, guided
_________ glow of their lanterns.
Day 5 - luminous: glowing or reflecting light; radiant
The luminous full moon was clearly reflected in the water.
Vocabulary is so important. I love how this strategy shows students the different ways to find the meaning of a word.
Visit Jen's blog learn more about literacy strategies in your classroom!