As my school year has already ended, (YIPPEE for summer!), I have been organizing, going through pictures, and reflecting on my year. This school year was the first year I pulled out a small reading intervention group to support them with the Treasures reading program. Vocabulary instruction can be a bit of a challenge to keep kids motivated and interested, especially when I only have thirty minutes with them and every second counts!
One day this past spring, my sweet little group came to me, all wiggly with a touch of spring fever. This was a very motivated small group of first graders who loved to color and do crafts, and definitely had an artistic learning style. On a whim, I grabbed the crayons and some white copy paper. I introduced the vocab words for the day, told them to close their eyes, and visualize- picture in their minds- what they saw when I said the word. They were so excited and got busy with their illustrations. Then, I had them use the word in a sentence and write it somewhere on the paper. We then placed them on my CAFE bulletin board under Vocabulary, of course!
Below are a few samples of what they did, complete with their invented spelling. They absolutely loved this simple idea, and although it took a bit more time than I had planned, they were so proud of their picture cards and could not wait to read the story to see what the danger was!
I hope you found this useful, and I would love to read your comments!