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Weaving Strong Word Choice into Morning Routines

Posted on May 15, 2008
Weaving Strong Word Choice into Morning Routines

Weaving Strong Word Choice into Morning Routines

Posted on May 15, 2008

Weaving Strong Word Choice into Morning Routines

Bluffton-Harrison Elementary second grade teacher Susan Ealing and Title I/language arts teacher Nancy Johnson targeted word choice and also tied it to voice! The teachers realized students were still overusing words, although it wasn't in their writing. Part of the morning routine has been for the students to place their name sticks into pockets that describe how they feel that day. The "excited" pocket had been used so much that the paper pocket was falling apart. So the teachers closed it for repairs for the rest of the year. This forced students to choose another word to describe how they felt.

The following week a new list of feeling words was posted (see photo). Students could elect to write their names on sticky notes and place them by one of the new word choices. Words were selected that were positive and good goal behaviors for the day. The words were discussed so students understood their meanings. Additional words were again added the next week because the new procedure was so popular with the students.

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