Dress It Up With a Vocabulary Parade!
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
My former school held an annual character book parade on Halloween. The premise sounded great: kids dressed up like characters from a book, but one year something smelled fishy as I watched the book parade. This was still a Halloween parade with a strained tie to some book, and I knew we could create a stronger tribute for bibliophiles. Thanks to Debra Frasier, author of Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, we found a solution that is fun, cheap, and involves everyone!
Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, by Debra Frasier
An excerpt from Debra Frasier's Web page: "A hilarious romp through the usually not-so-funny world of vocabulary. Sage misses school due to a cold and from there the misunderstanding begins. But "miscellaneous" is finally revealed for the word it truly is, and Sage manages to redeem herself in a marvelous and inspiring creative leap."
The Premise of a Word Parade
Dress up like a vocabulary word and create a word parade with your class or school. It's as simple as that. Some construction paper and string can get you from start to finish in no time. Here is a simple example:
Take two longer rectangular pieces of construction paper. Punch holes at the top. Loop together and hang around your neck. Write the word "parallel" on each strip. Done.
The beauty of this project is that:
3) Students learn new words from each other.
Show Not Tell
It is easier for me to show you than to tell you. Here are some of the examples we found on Debra Frasier's page and in our classroom (below).
Wrapping It Up
Mrs. Myers is "orbit" by using a Hula-hoop with hanging planets. I was the "luminous" sun with a long orange dress (complete with orange high heels), ray hands and head, and a battery operated lightbulb.
Bonus photo: Eli's Halloween costume this evening (the high heels didn't make it this round).
~ I finished the Women's Half Marathon with a comfortable 8:10 pace and 1:47:00 finish (this was just a fun long run). I am hoping to cut off at least four or five minutes with my next half on the 16th of this month.
~ I will not be posting next week. I will be on our break and in Hawaii.
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