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I provide a computer form for collecting eight words every two weeks for me, but so many of my kids are now loving the idea of creating their own way of presenting their words to me; see some of the recent posts below to see what I mean.    Here 7th grader Andrew appears to have just a two-side vocabulary set, but there's more than meets the eye.  Click here to see the backside of this red set of words: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668513941/

I provide a computer form for collecting eight words every two weeks for me, but…

I'll end this week's vocabulary posting with one of my uber-artists: 8th grader Emily. I can't ever complain about the quality of her word choices or her presentation of them.  Click image to see Emily's 2-page spread.  My vocabulary resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I'll end this week's vocabulary posting with one of my uber-artists: 8th grader Emily. I can't ever complain about the quality of her word choices or her presentation of them. Click image to see Emily's 2-page spread. My vocabulary resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 7th grader--Gino--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 7th grader--Gino--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

There are only two ways students can earn extra credit from me, and one of them is earning a vocab collector of the week award. There are five or six 8th graders whose weekly entries--like Mimi's here--are practically publishable; it's amazing what happens when they WANT that extra credit award. Here is page two of this vocabulary entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334037/

There are only two ways students can earn extra credit from me, and one of them is earning a vocab collector of the week award. There are five or six 8th graders whose weekly entries--like Mimi's here--are practically publishable; it's amazing what happens when they WANT that extra credit award. Here is page two of this vocabulary entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334037/

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Emily--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available.  See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Emily--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available. See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

For such a creative layout, Autumn (7th grade) wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award!  We're off and running with the new semester.  Here is a photo of Autumn's layout unfolded: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668313372/

For such a creative layout, Autumn (7th grade) wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award! We're off and running with the new semester. Here is a photo of Autumn's layout unfolded: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668313372/

My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 8th grader Irene's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.

My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 8th grader Irene's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.

During our final quarter, my students create new vocabulary & writing activities for each other, and the best ones become actual options.  Here, students created horror movie posters, where the vocabulary word has to be in the movie's title or its 'tag line.'  I apologize for my eighth graders' dark sense of humor, but they're 8th graders!  Click on the image to zoom in, especially to see the yellow paper, which explains the activity's specific criteria for "full credit."

During our final quarter, my students create new vocabulary & writing activities for each other, and the best ones become actual options. Here, students created horror movie posters, where the vocabulary word has to be in the movie's title or its 'tag line.' I apologize for my eighth graders' dark sense of humor, but they're 8th graders! Click on the image to zoom in, especially to see the yellow paper, which explains the activity's specific criteria for "full credit."

Always Write: Vocabulary Haikus  Click image to see this vocabulary haiku inspired by Jack Prelutsky's "If Not for the Cat..."  Here's a link to the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Vocab-Haikus.htm

Always Write: Vocabulary Haikus Click image to see this vocabulary haiku inspired by Jack Prelutsky's "If Not for the Cat..." Here's a link to the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Vocab-Haikus.htm

I now have several students using "Comic Life" to create their vocabulary collections. 7th grader--Kasey--earns a vocab collector award for being inspired by eighth grader Mimi's use of that comic-generating program last week: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334058/  I love technology tools the kids discover on their own.  I love that my kids are checking this Pinterest board for ideas from each other!

I now have several students using "Comic Life" to create their vocabulary…

I have seen a sheet like this used before. I think it helps sudents to understand the specific word more. Being able to draw a picture showing the word is fun also!

Can be used like regular four square. Call out a vocab word . Student is responsible for giving the info for the word in heir square while tossing the all. Rotate to next square and repeat when new word is given. Continue until all words used.

Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Top 10 Characteristics Of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Emily--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Emily--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Patrick--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available.  See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Patrick--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available. See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

The routine is in place now. Each week students "publish" four vocabulary words for their "logophile collections" (http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm).  I have ten writing activities for them to choose from, and each week they must do four DIFFERENT writing activities.  Take pride in your collection, like Mimi did here.  Learn more about my vocabulary routine here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

The routine is in place now. Each week students "publish" four vocabulary words for their "logophile collections" (http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm). I have ten writing activities for them to choose from, and each week they must do four DIFFERENT writing activities. Take pride in your collection, like Mimi did here. Learn more about my vocabulary routine here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library.  My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library. My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

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