As his required "meaningful writing activity," seventh grader Ethan created this fake "Computer App" based on one of his vocabulary words of the week: contrive. This was an activity actually designed by my 8th graders. Enjoy examples of all the vocabulary activities my 8th graders created here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm#studentmade
6th grader--Natalie--is experimenting with creating interactive elements as part of her vocabulary section. Here is a page where the meaningful vocabulary activities are attached as "fold outs." The lesson I used to inspire these student collections can be found here: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm
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/
6th grader Aidan was determined to be the final sixth grade "Vocabulary Collector of the Week," and his final set of vocabulary words pretty much blew my socks off. Check out my weekly vocabulary routine online: http://www.corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
As her required "meaningful writing activity," eighth grader Kendall created this fake "Computer App" based on one of her vocabulary words of the week: steep. This was an activity actually designed by my 8th graders. Enjoy examples of all the vocabulary activities my 8th graders created here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm#studentmade
Crafting a SHOWING SENTENCE based on a vocabulary word is one of my students' ten options when they bring four vocabulary words to class every Friday. Learn about our "Vocabulary Workshop" 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
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
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!
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."
Now in their second year of vocabulary collecting with me, I have a group of students who take their publishing of 8 words every other week VERY seriously. I've told several they should publish their vocab collections. 8th grader Mimi is one of them! Here is the first page of this comic strip-style vocab entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334058/
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
During our final quarter, my students create new vocabulary & writing activities for each other, and the best ones become actual options. Here is a new take on personification that we're calling "The Anatomy of a Vocabulary Word." It doesn't work with every word, but when you have the right word, think of the fun! Click on the image to zoom in, especially to see the yellow paper, which explains the activity's specific criteria for "full credit."