Tacara Moss
Bethany Rice


Ways to incorporate vocabulary in your unit:

· Create bracelets on a pipe cleaner using vocabulary words; students can make them into word bracelets to share with their parents.
· Word Clothesline- create mini clothesline to clip letters in order to spell out desired vocabulary words, word wall words, names, or spelling words.
Vocabulary necklaces-
·Wear a Word-Students try to guess a secret word
· Vocabulary Bingo
· Create a rap using 5-7 vocabulary words
· Vocabulary Cube
· Wear a Word - Write vocabulary words from a story on sticky notes or name tag labels. Place on each students forehead (without letting the child see it) Have the students guess their words by giving definitions.
· Word puzzles using vocabulary words and definitions
· Synonym Sing Along-Divide the class into groups and give each group words to a familiar song. Challenge the students to use a thesaurus to rewrite the song with synonyms for as many words as possible
· Scavenger Hunt- Prepare a list of vocabulary words. Students will search through books, magazines, and newspapers to find examples of the words used in context
· Create silly stories using math, social studies, and science, words
· Science Detectives- Students will cut a sheet of paper into six equal pieces and will write one vocabulary word on each section. They will write a real or make believe definition under each word. Collect papers from each student and students will have to identify the real definitions.
· Word Swatters-Students use flyswatters to swat the vocabulary word the fits best in a sentence
· Create a Math Word Wall- Use the word wall for quick reviews and to help students make connections between different areas of curriculum.
· Use famous quotes to introduce new vocabulary
· Show Me Your Moves- Students find meaning through movement. Assign students vocabulary words and they have to use some form of drama to act out the definition.
· Adjective fans
· Shop Till You Drop- Create words and numbers and see how much each word coats.
· Vocabulary Quilt-Students choose a significant word or new from his/her readings and complete a quilt.

Ways to incorporate reading and children’s literature in your unit:

· Read the room using pointers, or party glasses: poetry walls, number lines, lunch lists, vocabulary words, student work, bulletin boards etc.
· Reading Boxes- Each child will have a box with their favorite books they collect for different subjects through the year
· Retell a story with props: Have a basket with familiar book and props and change the dramatic play area into a story setting.
· Nonfiction Newspaper-Create a newspaper about the topics in their books.
·Postcards-Students will write three postcards about different things they learned in a book.
·Retelling Puzzle-Students will use this puzzle as a guide to retell or make connections to a story.
· Create a book cover that includes the title, author, and illustration book.
· Create a bookmark about an important event in the book
· Students create an idea for a new page that you can add to a book.
· Create math poetry using vocabulary words
· Story Flip Books
· Ball Toss- Write words on strips of paper taped to the ball and students will read words his or her hand is on.
· Letter-Sound Bingo
· Vowel Dice Toss
· Word Match Dominoes
· Reading Strategy Suitcase

  • Use books on the topic you are teaching (ex. Living vs. Non-living, shapes, money)
  • Incorporate Math topics with Children’s Literature
  • Read Alouds of content area material
  • Creating books
  • Library book list of unit topic related books
  • Create a word wall for students to read content related vocabulary words
Ways to incorporate writing and children’s literature in your unit:
  • Journal Writing
  • Writing Math Number Sentences
  • Creating Math stories or raps
  • Writing blogs or wikis
  • Creating brochures or greeting cards
  • Writing a Speech
  • Write a play or dramatic sketch
  • Write a poem
  • Writing recipes
  • Writing prompts
  • Write a letter to a friend
  • Create a pen pal program with a teacher from another state








Kelaher, K. (2004). Independent Reading Response Booklet: Reproducible booklets with writing prompts that motivates kids to respond to any fiction or nonfiction book. New York: Scholastic.

Linse, C. (2001). Fun -filled games that build early reading skills: Quick and easy literacy games. New York: Scholastic.

Clarke, J. (1991). Vocabulary: Dozens of activities with engaging reproducibles that kids will love. New York: Scholastic