Robyn Pickering
Vocabulary Journals
Wed Jul 17, 2013 20:29

I've never done vocabulary journals, but I have done a tech version of the Rosenbaum organizer on Glogster. Students are able to illustrate their word that way. I've also done a paper version where students cut out magazine pictures to go with their word. I also like vocabulary 4 squares (It's something I think I came up with, but probably just saw somewhere). Students fold blank paper into 4 squares. They pick four of their words. They write the word and definition, a synonym, write a sentence for the word and illustrate the sentence.

  • Online Reading - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 15:11
    I was surprised that reading on an e-reader, tablet or paper did not make much difference in younger readers. I think this generation is used to reading on this type of technology, however; based on... more
    • Kindles - hobsonkd 127, Wed Jul 17 22:07
      I find it interesting that older adults read better on e-reader and tablets, too. I have read books on my iPad before, but nothing's better than a "good ole" book. personally, I'm much happier... more
      • Electronic Reading - Hannah Andrews, Thu Jul 18 07:14
        I love my kindle and I haven't bought an actual book in a long time. I love the availability when using my kindle. I can find a buy a book and have it right then and there is so much available. I do... more
      • RE: Kindles - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:44
        That's funny because I have a kindle (and the app downloaded onto my iPhone and iPad and I enjoy the convenience of it) but I also really prefer actual physical books. I think that's neat that we are ... more
        • Kindles & Eyeballs, lol - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 00:49
          AHHH!!! Yes, after reading on my iPad for a while my eyes start hurting and eventually I get a headache...NO FUN! Looks like we are both "Team Real Books!!" :-)
          • E-readers for reluctant readers - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 12:09
            Okay Team-Real Books, I am going to pose a thought for you... Sometimes reluctant/resistant readers are hesitant to read because a whole 'real' book is over whelming. I mean, all those pages to read, ... more
          • Team Real Books - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:11
            Haha! I like the catchy title you came up with! Yes, it doesn't matter if I turn the brightness level up or down I still can only read on it for a short period of time before the eye-pain and... more
            • Team Real Books - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 11:15
              I wonder, too, if this upcoming generation will be more adapted to digital books as opposed to "real" books. I wonder which they'll enjoy reading more. It is so amazing how everything is evolving... more
              • Re: Team Real Books - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 13:42
                I internally groan when I think about the EOG's being on-line but then I realize that the MAT, which I had to take to get into grad school was an on-line assessment. I do wonder how that transition... more
                • EOGs - hobsonkd 127, Thu Jul 18 14:45
                  True---Hmmm who knows how they'll dodge that bullet...
                  • RE: EOGs - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 15:59
                    There truly are some practicality issues that I'm not sure how they'll work it out. I'm sure they will come up with something though. But instead of testing being "two days"-ish. It is going to take... more
    • Vocabulary Journals - Robyn Pickering, Wed Jul 17 20:29
      • Vocabulary-Interactive Notebook - Cindi, Sat Jul 20 12:14
        I helped my daughter create an interactive notebook for learning vocabulary this past year. It was a wonderful learning tool for her. We will be doing it again this year, for sure. Interactive... more
      • Re:Robyn - Heather Fisher, Thu Jul 18 09:42
        I love it! Thanks for the ideas and for making vocabulary fun!
      • RE: Vocab Journals - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 00:52
        I do something similar to your vocabulary four square. I call it a word web (the original idea I got it from it looked like a web but it is easier and more roomie to split or fold the paper into... more
      • Re: Vocabulary Journals - Brittany McDaniel, Wed Jul 17 20:45
        Those are good ideas. I have been looking for some good vocabulary activities to use with my 5th graders.
    • Re: Online Reading - Debby Wyant, Wed Jul 17 17:07
      Heather, great input..You mentioned drawing of vocabulary words. All research points to this being a strong factor in acquiring understanding and full use of words. Anything visual is needed, along... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:07
        Great idea to put all the character words together. Do they do anything else with the words or is it just a few students working on them and then put in the book after they are shared?
      • Re: Debby - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:48
        I like the idea of putting all of the words together into a big book and then having a big project/dictionary at the end of the year to refer to. Great idea!
      • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 17:42
        Debby, What a neat idea. How do you pick those character words? Are these words that you have come across while you have been reading or somewhere else? I'd love to hear more!
    • Re: Online Reading - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 16:39
      Heather, I do think this generation of learners is so wrapped up in technology that they are more apt to success when engaging in these materials. However, when I had my students on the program... more
      • RE: Lindsay Aaron - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:52
        Lindsay, You are right! Hopefully we have instilled so much of comprehension as a reading piece that they just do it automatically. Mine tend to rush through LEXIA (A word study program) so that they ... more
        • RE: Lindsay Aaron - Lindsay Aaron, Wed Jul 17 19:45
          Yes, that is true. Many tablets don't have the popups and tool bars like reading online. So therefore there is not as much distraction with those devices.
          • RE: RE: - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 18:31
            That is one of the great things about mobile devices. They do strip away all of the extra things that can steal your focus. I was also surprised by the findings of that study. I would have thought... more
    • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 15:46
      Heather, I really enjoyed the vocabulary articles also. There were a TON of resources to use. I like the collaborating to find definitions. I like to have kids talk them out before they look up the... more
      • Talking and Vocabulary - lohrmk, Thu Jul 18 09:29
        I really like to get kids discussing new vocabulary as well. I think it is so important, especially when they are encountering new words that they discuss it with each other. We did a book study as a ... more
      • Re: Online Reading - Anonymous, Wed Jul 17 23:53
        I like the idea of having them complete the graphic organizer with a partner, then more ideas of how to interpret the word are discussed. Does anyone have a site that has good online graphic... more
      • Re: Breanna - Heather Fisher, Wed Jul 17 17:54
        I like the organizers, I will surely do this and maybe just have them have a binder to keep them in and that way they have their own dictionary.Great ideas!
        • Re: Breanna - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:06
          I like that idea. Using what they have created to refer to. Awesome, I'm stealing the idea! I hope you don't mind! :)
      • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 16:14
        Breanna, That seems like a really neat way to do vocabulary. What kind of graphic organizer do you complete with your kids? I would love to know more about how to do this so they can really... more
        • Re: Online Reading - Breanna Hooks, Wed Jul 17 18:34
          When we do our text complexity units we pick out a couple words to discuss through the week. For example with the word poverty the students would first discuss it then they would use context clues... more
          • Re: Online Reading - Natalie Kabel, Wed Jul 17 21:34
            Thank you for the clarification, that really helps!! I am going to try that with my kids this year!
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