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October 11, 2018

Celebrate National Learn a Word Day With The Word Collector

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Teachers know that an extensive vocabulary is a crucial tool for helping their students achieve academic success, and every day brings opportunities to introduce kids to new language that can enrich their understanding of the world and their abilities to creatively express themselves.

    Peter H. Reynolds, author of Happy Dreamer and The Creatrilogy series, celebrates the capacity of words to connect, transform, and empower in The Word Collector, the extraordinary tale of a young boy who collects the words that move and inspire him. This year, in honor of National Learn a Word Day on October 16, share this book as a read aloud in your classroom, then encourage your students find their own special words with this engaging vocabulary activity.

    All you need are:

    • Index cards
    • Yarn
    • Clothespins
    • Books and magazines
    • Colored pencils or markers

    Once you've gathered your supplies, here's how it works:

    1. Have your students browse through books and magazines for unfamiliar words that stand out to them.
    2. Let them look up the definitions of the unfamiliar words and then choose a favorite one.
    3. Each student should write their chosen word on the front of an index card and its definition on the back.
    4. Pin up the cards using yarn and clothespins and hang them along the wall of the classroom to create a chain of newly learned words.
    5. Throughout the week, have students take turns using their new word in a sentence.

    Print out the full activity instructions here, and use it again throughout the year to encourage your students to share their words with their classmates and the world.

    Teachers know that an extensive vocabulary is a crucial tool for helping their students achieve academic success, and every day brings opportunities to introduce kids to new language that can enrich their understanding of the world and their abilities to creatively express themselves.

    Peter H. Reynolds, author of Happy Dreamer and The Creatrilogy series, celebrates the capacity of words to connect, transform, and empower in The Word Collector, the extraordinary tale of a young boy who collects the words that move and inspire him. This year, in honor of National Learn a Word Day on October 16, share this book as a read aloud in your classroom, then encourage your students find their own special words with this engaging vocabulary activity.

    All you need are:

    • Index cards
    • Yarn
    • Clothespins
    • Books and magazines
    • Colored pencils or markers

    Once you've gathered your supplies, here's how it works:

    1. Have your students browse through books and magazines for unfamiliar words that stand out to them.
    2. Let them look up the definitions of the unfamiliar words and then choose a favorite one.
    3. Each student should write their chosen word on the front of an index card and its definition on the back.
    4. Pin up the cards using yarn and clothespins and hang them along the wall of the classroom to create a chain of newly learned words.
    5. Throughout the week, have students take turns using their new word in a sentence.

    Print out the full activity instructions here, and use it again throughout the year to encourage your students to share their words with their classmates and the world.

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