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October 1, 2010

Dress It Up With a Vocabulary Parade!

By Angela Bunyi
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 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

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    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:

    Parallel

    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.

    Price: Free!
    Educational value: Priceless!

    The beauty of this project is that:

    1) It can be completed anytime of year. Halloween is an easy place to plug this in.
    2) It can tie into Halloween costumes. For example, students can be "gruesome" or "ghastly."
    3) Students learn new words from each other.
    4) It gives all children a chance to participate. Before we did this, half my class dressed up and the other half didn't. I expect most, if not all, to participate this year.
    5) It is academically focused.

    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

    When we return to the classroom, each student shares their outfit and we talk about the meaning of the word.  After going around the room, we vote on our top three favorite costumes. Our winners from a few years ago ("inflame," "disheveled," and "condensation") are shown in the parade photos below.

     

    Vocab_bee_2

    Combo

    Vocab_nail

    Mekanna

    Vocab_hyp

    Air

    Vocab_dishevelled

    Auto

    Vocab_miss_2

    Ghastly

    Vocab_both_2

    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.

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    Bonus photo: Eli's Halloween costume this evening (the high heels didn't make it this round). 

    Updates:

    ~ 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.

    ~ To learn more about our classroom, visit us here.

     

      

     

      

     

    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

    G_parade

    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:

    Parallel

    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.

    Price: Free!
    Educational value: Priceless!

    The beauty of this project is that:

    1) It can be completed anytime of year. Halloween is an easy place to plug this in.
    2) It can tie into Halloween costumes. For example, students can be "gruesome" or "ghastly."
    3) Students learn new words from each other.
    4) It gives all children a chance to participate. Before we did this, half my class dressed up and the other half didn't. I expect most, if not all, to participate this year.
    5) It is academically focused.

    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

    When we return to the classroom, each student shares their outfit and we talk about the meaning of the word.  After going around the room, we vote on our top three favorite costumes. Our winners from a few years ago ("inflame," "disheveled," and "condensation") are shown in the parade photos below.

     

    Vocab_bee_2

    Combo

    Vocab_nail

    Mekanna

    Vocab_hyp

    Air

    Vocab_dishevelled

    Auto

    Vocab_miss_2

    Ghastly

    Vocab_both_2

    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.

    Dscn3177

    Bonus photo: Eli's Halloween costume this evening (the high heels didn't make it this round). 

    Updates:

    ~ 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.

    ~ To learn more about our classroom, visit us here.

     

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