Here in Room 10, we will launch off on a year-long (and hopefully, life-long) journey called Word Quest. We will be exploring the intriguing world of words and learning about how English words are constructed (roots, prefixes, suffixes etc.) and the richness of figurative language (hyperbole, simile, metaphor, oxymoron, idiom etc.).
As part of our Word Quest, we will also be working weekly to expand our personal vocabularies. This effort is fondly referred to as “Word Power.” As part of this program, all the students will be required to choose a challenging word they would like to add to their word knowledge. Each Monday the students will choose a word from their weekly "Word Hunt." They will look it up in the dictionary and thesaurus, and fill out a vocabulary card. This card will be used as a reference throughout the week as the students make an effort to use their chosen word that week.
An example of a Word Power vocabulary card is posted below.
Each day the students will turn in sentences, using their Word Power word. All sentences submitted must be considered MEANINGFUL SENTENCES. (Please refer to the form posted below that provides details on what is considered a meaningful sentence.) Only meaningful sentences will count. Sentences may be turned into the Word Power basket at school before going home or submitted via email at home. A weekly vocabulary grade (see below) will be assigned based on how many times each student used his/her word that week. IMPORTANT: The grades are based on sentences being turned in EACH DAY. Research shows that if you use a new word even a few times each day, you will retain the word. If you do a large amount in just one day it doesn't work the same way. So, if a student writes 2 sentences for 4 days in a row, they get a grade of 3. If they miss a day, their grade will drop.
Weekly Word Power grades will be recorded on a sheet each Friday.
Students will keep this sheet in the back plastic sleeve of their blue daily folder. Grades of “1” will require a parent signature. Please make sure to check your child’s weekly Word Power grade each Friday. (IMPORTANT: For the grade to match the posted list below, at least one sentence must be turned in Monday through Thursday. Sentences cannot all be turned in on one day or perhaps 2 days that week.)
Grades are assigned by how many meaningful sentences were submitted each week. (Refer to comments above. These grades are assigned when students submit at least one sentence a day.)
FYI, the sentence requirement is adjusted in a short week. But the basic grade of 3 will always be based on two sentences a day. So, for a four day week, sentences are turned in on three days. So in that situation six sentences is a 3 if some were turned in every day.
20+ sentences = 4+
20 sentences = 4
10+ sentences = 3+
8 or 9 sentences = 3
7 sentences = 3-
5 or 6 sentences = 2
4 sentences = 2-
Less than 4 sentences = 1
As part of our Word Power, every week we hunt for words WE DON'T KNOW.
How this works:
Grades are assigned by how many words were turned in each week. (FYI, the number of words are adjusted for a short week.)
60+ words = 4+
50 words = 4
40+ words = 3+
30+ words = 3
20+ words = 2
10+ words = 2-
Less than 10 words = 1