Posted by admin | Posted in Apply, History, Interactive Whiteboard, Knowledge (remember), Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Spelling, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), Websites | Posted on 03-09-2010
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What it is: Save the Words is a site that celebrates words by “saving” words that are becoming forgotten and left behind in the English language. I learned about the site today from @BookChook on her wonderful literacy blog. The site has a simple premise, words are displayed graphically, when your roll your mouse over them they call out to you “pick me”, clicking on a word displays the definition, part of speech, and a contextual example of the word. Signing up on the site allows you to adopt words. I love the mission of this site, on the f.a.q. page they state that “Words are the cornerstone of language. The more words we have, the richer our vocabulary. Words allow us to communicate precisely. Without the right word to describe something, well…we’d be speechless.” So true, words bring so much color to language, it is a shame to use the same words over and over. I am certainly guilty of this in my overuse of words like fantastic, outstanding, wonderful, amazing, great, nice, fun, etc. in blog posts. Surely there are many more appropriate words that describe the tool I am reviewing more precisely, but we become lazy in language and use words that are easy and we don’t have to think about.
How to integrate Save the Words into your curriculum: Save the Words is a site with a beautiful goal, preserving words to keep language rich and powerful. Most of the words on the site are new to me, but I was surprised at how many of them I could make an educated guess about meaning based on what I already know about words. Use Save the Words in your classroom (at any age) to enrich your students vocabulary, help them identify word patterns and meaning clues, and to help them appreciate words. Choose a word to adopt each day as a class using a class account (adopting a word requires an email address). Commit to using the word at some point during the day. My elementary age students loved learning new words, especially words that they found out parents and other teachers didn’t know. They become the experts. In my class, I often had a secret word of the day. I would casually mention what the secret word was at some point in the morning. Throughout the day if I needed my student’s attention I would ask for the secret word, immediately students were silent with their hands raised to give me the word. Save the Words would be the perfect place to draw those secret words from.
Students could also keep a journal or word list of all of the words they have adopted, I could see this being especially popular with the Webkins age group. The words are often difficult, but I don’t think that is any reason to exclude them from the classroom vocabulary!
Today I adopted the word antipelargy: reciprocal or mutual kindness; love and care of children.
Tips: You can sign up for a word of the day delivered directly to your email on Save the Words.
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Save the Words in your classroom!