Friday, June 14, 2013

Vocab, and...oh, yeah, Winners!

How do you teach vocabulary in your classroom?

I'm sure most of us have a "program" or something that came with our reading/LA resources, and I have something like that, too.

Our district uses Storytown, and though I like many features of this resource, I seriously feel like the "robust vocabulary" part is lacking.

Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to create some vocabulary lessons to use through quality children's literature. It's taking some time, but I hope to have the whole year planned out by the end of the month! I'm actually using many of the words that Storytown suggests, but I've adapted them to fit literature that is important to me, and I can "get behind", so to speak.
The stories that anthology uses are, well, not always quality.

Look at this pin:
                                                            Source: via Amber on Pinterest

I love how it incorporates learning targets with vocab!
The vocab words are pictured on the clipboards below the targets table.
The originator, Mrs. Blas, has inspired me to implement something similar into my classroom, but I'll definitely have to play around with it to make it primary kid-friendly.

I would love for you to comment below with vocab suggestions or ideas!

It seems like there was something else I was supposed to post...hmmm...:)

Oh, of course!

My, oh, my you ladies are lucky ducks!
And Laura P.!....aren't you just the luckiest of everyone in the pond:)
You 6, er 5, should soon be contacted by some talented bloggers to coordinate your choices for your prize packs.
And Laura P., you will need to let me know whether you would like $10 to TpT, Amazon, or Target.
Decisions, decisions:)

Congrats to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated or contributed.
Don't ya just love a giveaway?


  1. My, oh, my is RIGHT! This is my first time winning anything ever and to win three times!! WOW!! Thank you so much to all of you very talented ladies!! You have made this going on 21 years of teaching teacher so excited about the new school year!!! WOW!!

    Amber, thank you for putting this giveaway together!! I would love love love a gift certificate to TPT!!!

    Thank you ladies!!!

    1. I will get you your GC right away. Congrats, again!

  2. Vocab is such an important part of CCS. Good idea.

    You Might Be a First Grader….

    1. I agree. Students are going to encounter so many Tier 2 words as they get into the new assessments, and I want to do the best I can at exposing my little firsties to some "juicy" words!

  3. Hi Amber,
    How cute is your blog? I just found you - love the title too! I'm your newest follower.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. Oh, thanks for the sweet words, Vicky! And thanks for following! Now I feel pressured to out-cute myself on the next post:) On my way to check out your (cute, I'm sure) blog!