You ever have one of those days when you are so thankful that you are able to do the job you love! Well that happened last Wednesday for me. I love Wednesday because some how even with OAA testing breathing down my neck, we always celebrate words on Wed. We started our new trimester, and I asked the students how they were going to extend their word learning this trimester. And up popped two hands ready to share! Both girls who happen to be great friends decided to start a word notebook. Now I have been suggesting this idea since last October after I read Donovan's Word Jar. Many students started word jars, but I did not see any notebooks. Imagine my surprise when the girls shared their notebooks and the different sections. One of the girls divided hers into three sections: wonderful words, figurative language and new words.
The other girl has decided to collect words, create a chart to if she transfers her words into her writing (YES/NO) box and the page number from the book as the reference. Notice the book title? She was reading The Fences Between Us after having Kirby Larson just visit our school. Hopefully after the two girls shared their excitement about their word notebook possibly it will catch on and more students will start their own word notebook.