Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our Annual Vocabulary Runway Show

We all know vocabulary is important-especially for reading comprehension and being good writers. I work in a school with close to 100% of our students qualifying for the free lunch program. Which means their families live in poverty. Studies show that these kiddos just do not hear the same amount of words growing up as their wealthier counterparts. We need to make up for that gap in schema.

One thing I like to do is to have our own Vocabulary Runway Show. I assign each student a word (I choose words particularly that they can use to spice up their writing a little bit). I ask the parents to help them come up with a costume that shows what their word means and each child writes a 2 line monologue to say. They say "I am....., that means...., and then they give an example of a sentence with that word in it. My favorite part is that they are not only learning their own word, but also the others of their friends. We will be reading a story and they hear the word ancient and they all turn to Sally because that was her word. They have a visual for it now.

My students have never presented in front of people before-so it was great experience for them in that regard as well! We invited the parents, rolled out the red carpet and had an informative show!



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  1. I absolutely LOVE this! I showed it to my students and they all want to try it this year - 2nd through 5th. Thanks for sharing your wonderful, creative ideas!

    1. Awesome! I'm so glad it was helpful. They will love doing it. :)