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How to Use Word of the Day For Kids

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Using a “Word of the Day” is an excellent strategy for building vocabulary and language skills in young students. Teachers can help students develop a better understanding of language and foster a love of words (and learning) in their students through the words they introduce to their students.

๐Ÿ New Word of the Day Posted Monday to Friday

Set aside a place in your classroom to post the word of the day. Want to save time looking for words? Check out the stories on Teaching With a Touch of Honey’s Instagram. A new word is posted every Monday to Friday morning.

๐Ÿ Benefits of Word of the Day For Kids

Teaching one new word every day in grades 1 to 3 benefits kids in a number of different ways.

  1. Kids learn new words which they can use in everyday conversation and in their writing.
  2. Learning new words helps kids get better at reading, writing, talking, and listening.
  3. Kids begin to think more about words and what they mean. They also think more about how to use the words.
  4. As kids talk about new words they get better at speaking and explaining about things.
  5. If kids enjoy learning about new words, they will want to keep learning more and this will extend beyond the Word of the Day activity.

๐Ÿ 15 Activities For Using Word of the Day In Your Classroom

Here are some fun, engaging activities that you can begin using in your classroom.

1. Actions:

To help students remember the word and its meaning, ask students to come up with an action that represents the word. Each time students add an action to a word, write the word down on a piece of paper and put it in a bowl. Begin each day by pulling out 2 or 3 slips of paper and having students review the actions for their words.

2. Bingo:

Keep a running list of words that you use in your Word of the Day. Once you’ve build up a collection of 10 or more words, ask students to choose 5 words from the list and write them down on a piece of paper. They then exchange the pieces of paper with another student. Call out different definitions of the words. Read only the definition of the word and not the word itself. If students have the word on their list that matches the definition, they cross off the word. If a student crosses off all 5 words they call out “Bingo.” Review the words and their definitions to ensure the students crossed off the correct words.

3. Dictionary:

Get students to create a dictionary for the words. Each day, students write the word, the description and draw a picture to help them remember the meaning of the word.

4. Draw and Describe:

Students draw a picture that helps to illustrate the meaning of the word. After they complete their picture, students write a descriptive paragraph to go with their picture.

5. Scavenger Hunt:

Bring in magazines and have students search for the word in the magazines. They can either cut out individual letters to form the word or they can search for the entire word and then cut it out. Have students add their letters and words to a sheet of chart paper at the front of the class. Set a timer and challenge the students to see how many words they can create by cutting out the letters of the word and/or how many words they can find and cut out.

6. Sentence Notebooks:

Have students keep notebooks for sentences they write about the different words. After reviewing the new word, ask students to write a sentence using the word. Students can then share their sentence with a partner, in a small group, or with the class.

7. Word Detective:

Encourage students to be word detectives throughout the day, searching for instances of the word being used in their reading materials. Students can also try to use the word appropriately in their daily conversations. Ask students to record these instances in a notebook or on a classroom chart.

8. Word Journals:

Give each student a word journal. Students can write each word in their journal and describe how it connects to their life. They can write detailed descriptions of their personal connections.

9. Word of the Day Song:

Divide the class into small groups and have each group create a catchy song or make up a chant that contains the word and its meaning.

10. Word of the Day Sentence Starters:

Provide students with a selection of sentence starters that contain the word. Students work through the writing process as they write a story using one of the sentence starters.

11. Word Wall Display:

Designate a space in your classroom to display the different words for your students study to refer to during their writing assignments. Include the word, its definition, and perhaps an illustrative image.

12.Word Work Center:

In your word work center, have students use the word to create word collages, make word puzzles or acrostics, or include the new word in the word games the children play at the word work center. These activities provide grade 1 to 3 students with a variety of activities to practice their writing skills while helping to reinforce their understanding of the different words.

โœ… Action Step

Go toย Teaching With a Touch of Honey’s Instagram and check out the today’s word. A new word is posted each day from Monday to Friday. Decide on what activity or activities from this blogpost that you want to use with your students. Begin the Word of the Day practice in your classroom.

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