Activity Plan 3-4: Word of the Week
Children will become word whizzes with this ongoing activity.
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- 5'' × 7'' index cards (unlined)
- Adhesive-back hooks
- Hole puncher
- Binder rings
- Fine-line markers or colored pencils
Find a low spot in the literacy area for a word wall.
Show children the area that is designated for their word wall. Explain that each week you will place a special word on the wall and that they will each create a picture about the word. Choose easy words that reflect your current theme or a social/emotional goal, or words that pertain to children's lives, such as toy, milk, pet, share, or sad.
Write the "word of the week" on an index card and introduce it to the group at the beginning of the week. Read the word together and help children identify the letters. Explain that they will each create a drawing about the word.
Invite a few children at a time to the art area. Before distributing the art materials, engage the group in a discussion about the word. For example, ask them what they think of when they hear the word pet. Give them unlined index cards and drawing materials to create a drawing. Suggest that children dictate a brief description of their drawing and write it on the reverse side of the card.
Punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of each card. Also, punch a hole in the index card with the featured word to use as the cover. Attach all of the pages with a binder ring. Hang the book on a hook on the word wall. Create a book with each week's word to add to the wall.
Remember: If a child is not interested in drawing, offer alternative activities, such as finding a picture in a magazine that depicts the word or dictating a thought about the word, instead.
Find the Word. Send home a list of words describing items that children can easily find in their homes, such as milk, juice, soap, bread, beans, and butter. Ask parents to read each word to their child and help him/her find the item.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LITERACY
Spread the Word. Place the word of the week in a number of places around the room so that children have opportunities to see it throughout the week. For example, you can create a word box in the art or writing area, post the word in the bathroom along with a descriptive picture or photograph, or highlight the word on the door to the classroom.
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Book Press, 2004; $14.95)
Now I Eat My ABCs by Pat Abrams (Scholastic, 2004; $7.99)
Simms Taback's Big Book of Words by Simms Taback (Blue Apple Books, 2004; $12.95)