Inspired by Donovan’s Word Jar and motivated by my school’s vocabulary initiative, my students created word boxes yesterday with foam letters yesterday afternoon. These boxes are meant to be kept at home (though one student wanted to keep hers in school) and are almost like a portable word wall, but with index cards inside.
I create index cards each week for my students’ vocabulary words. My goal in having them create the Word Boxes was to allow them to have a space to keep their flash cards with each week’s words on them so that they can infuse those words, going-forward, into the writing they do at home in their notebooks and in their drafts.
My Next Teaching Move: Differentiated Spelling Lists Combined With Word Rings!
Reason: To keep those words in school so they’re on a ring, in their desks, as a constant reference for how to spell words they misspell.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).