Word of the Day Vocabulary Builder
Teaching students to build vocabulary, improve spelling and strengthen writing skills can be challenging.
Word of the Day is a fun way to encourage students to search the meaning of new vocabulary and expand their word knowledge. This has a direct and positive impact on writing skills.
So what exactly does Word of the Day or Word of Week help kids expand their word knowledge and improve writing skills?
- Exposure to New Vocabulary: Word of the Day introduces students to new words that they would otherwise no be exposed to. This exposure and new knowledge provides students with a wider writing vocabulary.
- Contextual Understanding: Learning a topic-specific vocabulary helps students to make connections and meaning.
- Spelling: Word of the day makes spelling and word work fun, which makes learning word patterns easier and more likely to be recalled during daily writing activities.
- Reading Comprehension: Word of the Day is an effective way of fostering strong reading comprehension skills as students are able to tap into their prior knowledge when reading texts.
- Daily Writing: Students are motivated to apply their newly learned Word of the Day to their daily writing activities, which in turn provides added detail to their recounts, narratives, reports and persuasive writing.
- Root Words: Learning new words enriches students knowledge of linguistics and links to Greek and Latin base words. This foster critical thinking skills as students learn about word etymology.
- Daily or Weekly Practice: Word of the Day or Word of the Week provides regular opportunity and word work practice so that students continually build their vocabulary word bank.
Word of the Day Vocabulary Builder
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Learning Greek and Latin root words is an important part of vocabulary building. This word work resource helps students think critically about root words and the origins of English words. A printable and digital resource that will expand vocabulary, improve writing skills and foster an understanding or prefix and suffixes!
All google slides have text boxes inserted and step by step directions provided, so students can start with their independent work. If you prefer printable versions, simply delete text boxes and print graphic organizers.
There are a total of 60 google slides (including editable templates), so that you can also include your words of choice. This resource consists of the following words:
- Greek Root Words (Teacher Notes)
- Latin Root Words (Teacher Notes)
How to use this resource:
- Grammar Lessons
- Spelling/Vocabulary Lessons
- Word of the Day
- Word of the Week
- Early Finishers
- Distance Learning
Why Word of the Day/Week is an important part of the English curriculum:
- Vocabulary Expansion: these activities introduce students to new words that they transfer to writing activities
- Language Proficiency: Learning new words and their meanings improves language, fluency and reading comprehension.
- Writing Skills: Strengthens students’ writing skills, as learning new vocabulary and meanings helps them to add rich detail to their writing.
- Critical and Creative Thinking: Helps students take responsible risks with their writing by using newly learned words.
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