Monday, December 30, 2013

Making Words with R-E-S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N ... a Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Most teachers spend a little time at the beginning of January on the idea of making a fresh start. It's a great time to review, look ahead, and make promises for change. It's also a great time to introduce your little guys to the great big word "RESOLUTION"!

Little kids love using big words, like my two-year-old grandson who walks around the house in his bright yellow hard hat, plastic hammer in hand, doing "conduckshin"!  When I was teaching, I called those big words "high school words", and my first graders loved to show off how they could use them. "Look, Mrs. Nelson, I can tell there's more coming after this word because of the ellipsis!" {Did that $10 word give any of you pause? Here's a clue. It's a  ... } And how about all those dinosaur names that they all seem to arrive at school knowing?  If the interest and exposure are there, there's no problem with young children taking on Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary!

So, I'm not going to talk about the vocabulary aspect of the word "resolution", because the mountains of craftivities and writing ideas on Pinterest have that pretty well covered. Instead, let's do some word work with this making words activity.

"Resolution" is a perfect choice for some work with prefixes and suffixes. How about a Team Race? Students work in pairs or small groups and race the clock to write lists of words that begin with "re-" . Then lists are read aloud one at a time and any word duplicated on the list of another team is crossed out. The team with the most unique words left after all lists have been read is the winner.
Try this also with "-tion" words.

For the younger kids, here's a differentiated making words set. At the first level, students cut apart the letters in "resolution", make words, and list them. At the second level, they're given the letters but not told that the target word  (the one that uses all the letters) is "resolution".

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Happy Teaching!


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