Building Focus: Words of the Week
Last year we decided to make building student vocabulary a focus our school. After having reviewed our student data, we noticed that vocabulary was definitely a weakness especially on the 4Sight test. We know this is going to affect student comprehension when they are reading. They won’t be able to understand the material if they don’t know what the words mean. As part of our plan to help improve student vocabulary, we learned two words a week (one word on short weeks.) Some of the strategies we used included: posting the words throughout the building including all classrooms, including each word in the morning announcements, having a word collector outside the office, teachers using the words in their classroom when speaking to students, and learning the antonyms (opposites) and synonyms of the words.
We are pleased to share that we had a 5% gain in our scores last year compared to the previous year. To celebrate the improvement by our students, we will be having an ice cream party for 8th and 9th grade students on Team Building Day. We will continue the initiative this year so 7th grade students will have the opportunity to earn a party next year.
Words of the Week Special Drawing
Recently West began a special contest associated with our “Words of the Week.” Most weeks we do an exit ticket to determine how many of our students learned the words correctly. We are taking the names of all the students who got both words correct on the exit ticket and putting them into a special drawing to win a snack coupon at our cafeteria. We drew our first names recently. The students were definitely excited.
This weeks Word of the Week are:
trepidation (noun) fear, alarm
The impending blizzard caused trepidation for the hikers.
synonym - dread, apprehension
antonym - intrepidity, valor