Timeline (i.e. 2 class periods):
15-20 minutes three times/week–daily would be ideal!
There is a 20-minute window three days each week between music/PE and lunch. We call that our “Gold Star Word” time! The students use a spiral notebook to record the date, the Gold Star word, and the part of speech. We then discuss examples and non-examples of the word to deepen their comprehension. Everyone then uses the word (even me) in a sentence and draws a simple graphic that shows the meaning of the word. ALL students share their sentences while others listen. We often help make needed corrections as a learning community. Our words hang on posters for the remainder of the year. At year’s end, students take home the completed posters. (See attached pictures)
Students are then challenged to use our words throughout our daily routines. When a word is used, we all shout, “Gold Star!” and then go about our business. Students also yell out at home and we even yelled “Gold Star” at an assembly when our principal used the word–rambunctious! It’s one of my FAVORITE parts of the day!