Word Awareness

Feb 2, 2009 by

Creating “word aware” classrooms is an important first step in building students’ vocabulary skills.  We need to intentionally focus on vocabulary and make word learning a part of every day, not just during formal vocabulary instruction (Blachowicz & Fisher, 2002). Word of the Day This concept has been around for years, but it is still a great way to foster word awareness in our classrooms.  To add spice to this activity, try introducing the word of the day by giving several clues throughout the day or by having students guess the word in the form of 20 Questions.  Many websites offer a “word of the day” feature.  Here are a few: Word Central Dictionary.com Merriam Webster Daily Word Hunt Designate a bulletin board, chart paper, or section of the chalkboard for students to record...

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