Summer SAVY 2018: Session 6, Day 3 – Playing With Words (Rising 1st)
We had such great fun with the next Antics words! Some students actually came in with some predictions of what some of the next words might be! Who would have thought that we could learn so many words from ants! Our next set of words were: immigrants, jubilant, Kant, lantern (from a student), lieutenant, and mutant. Our next letters for tomorrow are N, O, P, Q, R. Hopefully you can have some word play at home tonight with your student, and they can bring in their ideas!
Our next Word Ladder began with a 4-letter word that was sure to dial up the challenge! Our first word was shade. Of course, our wordsmiths wanted to get to the top ladder rung so they could figure out the connection between the first and last words! Students learned a new word today from their word ladder. It was seep. After we finished the ladder, students connected the first word, shade, to the last word tree, and again were able to make a compound word by combining the two words. If you are interested in owning your own copy of the word ladder books (I highly recommend them!!), the name of the author is Tim Rasinski and it is called Daily Word Ladders (Amazon). I use them in my classroom and the level I am using in SAVY this week is Grades 2-3.
We moved to a discussion about change. Working in 2 groups of 5, students shared their thoughts relating to change in the following categories: change can be positive or negative, things that never change, and language that changes. Some ideas that were shared regarding positive changes were: growing up so you get to do more things, seasons, learning more words, new buildings going up in Nashville, seeing a funny movie to change your mood, and going to a new school. Examples listed of negative changes were: becoming an adult and having to go to work, parents getting a traffic ticket, car accident, moving to a new place, if robots took over the world, and dying. Examples for things that never change were: families (always stay together), skin color, the sun always comes up, and what you need to survive. Examples of language changes were: “dude, what’s up?, Super, soda, pop, Coke, meme-grandmaw, daddy, pop, dad, Abba, y’all, you guys, mom, momma, and mommy.
We had a lot of fun brainstorming words that describe things and then placing them in categories such as words that describe: how things look, how things feel, how things sound and other. After that I read a book called Luscious Lollipops, by Ruth Heller and we learned the academic vocabulary name for words that describe. Students then had a blast choosing adjective and noun cards from a table, putting them together (the sillier the better), and construct a sentence to say using the adjective and the noun they selected. This was the perfect time for our students to write a sentence using a simile and a descriptive adjective.
Tomorrow, we are so fortunate to be visited by an illustrator by the name of Susan Eddy! We are so excited. Vanderbilt has purchased a book for each student to own and have signed by Ms. Eddy. We will be learning about metaphors and idioms, as well tomorrow! He had another fantastic day today.
Exploring Language Changes in Groups