I was in a classroom today where a teacher was using a fun strategy to work on vocabulary with her kindergartners. I really liked the idea and wanted to share it with you. If you have something you do with your little ones to increase their vocabulary, please post below to share it with all of us.
As the class encounters new words in picture books they read or lessons they are taught, the teacher teaches them short kid friendly definitions of the words. Then she adds them to a list on the board for them to see. She never has more than 5-7 words listed at a time because she slowly drops some off the list, but continues to refer to them with the students. This teacher refers to the words as "trivia" but you could add whatever catchy name you wanted to them. Occasionally she does ticket drawings with the words. She calls on students to define the words and then she gives them a ticket for a special drawing when they define the words correctly. Students could be encouraged just by the praise they could earn for being able to define a word correctly. You could even have a bulletin board displaying pictures of students who know the "fancy" words.
By continuously reviewing the words and having a catchy name for them, the students remember the words and start to use them in their writing.
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