“Have a delectable lunch!” is what you would hear these days if you stood at the entrance of the cafeteria while my first graders headed into lunch. While we focus on vocabulary instruction all year in my room, during the last half of the year they really seem to take ownership for their vocabulary development! They learn how confident they are as readers and writers, and suddenly using the “fancy words” that we have been learning all year is FUN and “super cool.”
Our Fancy Vocabulary parade will be held next week, and we cannot wait! You can read about my annual vocabulary parade HERE and grab a free packet for your parade while you’re there! The packet in that post contains a word list, parent list, reminder cards, and explanation page to start your own annual parade! 🙂
We also continuously add to our Fancy Vocabulary wall, which is actually posted on my back cabinets. I have a bunch of colorful stars pre-cut. As the year progresses and my students start to take on ownership of words like “dapper,” “frustrated,” and “intelligent,” we add the stars to our board.