Do you make seasonal, holiday or thematic word banks? I have been making them with my
students for years. I've made the word banks in a variety of ways. Sometimes I use a large piece
of butcher paper that I cut into a shape related to the topic. After recording the
words the kids dictate to me, I ask them to illustrate each of the words. I glue each picture next to
the corresponding word on our chart. Other times, I have the kids dictate words related to our topic and I write the words on 3x5 index cards. They illustrate the words and put them in a pocket chart.
The kids have access to these words when they are writing. They can go to the pocket chart, take
a word they need to their desk, and then return it when they are done. I really like using index
cards because when I am done with a particular theme, I can take the words out of the pocket chart, put them on a metal ring, and keep them in the writing center all year.
Here are some photos showing how I used index cards for our Halloween word bank.
|I use metal shower curtain rings to hold the cards.|