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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Personalized Dictionary vs. Interesting Words

It seems like in every elementary classroom I walk into students have some form of  personal dictionary that they use. I wanted to create a matching product, again to create cohesion in the classroom but then I got to thinking.....

The term "My Personal Dictionary" does not match the vocabulary in my classroom. This bothered me as working with ELL/ESS students consistency is the key to success.

I had already created this item for use in my classroom and it is available in my store:

But I wanted something that fit the language of my room. So I updated it. 

Why did I choose interesting words? I think this better conveys to my students the purpose of this item. This is their book to use. The words inside are ones they should be using in their writing and conversations. These are the words they are learning to spell and read. These words remind them of personal memories.

By using interesting words I am conveying to my students that each of us has our own unique perspective and we are each right! What is interesting to me may be boring to you and that is okay. The word dictionary creates a mental vision of boredom. I want my students awake and excited to use these words!

When I partnered up with Melonheadz Illustrating, I knew that I would want "My Interesting Words" to match our new line of products.

I LOVE how this came out! I decided to give you all lots of options in one package. Color or black and white. My Personal Dictionary or My Interesting Words. The option is yours! This packet has over 50 pages included!

Best of all.... it matches ALL of my "learn to read" materials. At last..... the language and the products are consistent. I can't wait to show you what else I created.

Leave me a comment for your chance to win any of the above products.

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At September 19, 2012 at 6:02 AM , Blogger Liz said...

These look so cute!
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At September 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM , Blogger KRISTA said...

These look great! I love your word choice for the title. Thanks for giving us a peek!


At September 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Suzy Q said...

Always a useful resource!

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At September 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Chelsea said...

I would REALLY LOVE to win the "My Interesting Words" book. I am working with an ELL student right now who could really benefit from this!!!!

At September 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Lili Garcia said...

I really love your idea of naming it Interesting Words, as you pointed out those are the words they are learning and working it. Thanks a lot for an incredible job!!!

At September 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Rachel Lamb said...

good idea! I am loving your working with Nikki, too!

At September 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Dani said...

I love the My Interesting Words! I feel like the personalized dictionary thing is a little young for my kiddos, but interesting words fits so well with our vocabulary lessons. Great idea!

A Place to Thrive

At September 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Ms. O said...

Oh, FUN. Just today I was working with a class on finding ideas. Next up? Collecting interesting words. ;]

At September 20, 2012 at 3:20 AM , Blogger Lori said...

How cute! This is just what I need!

At September 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM , Blogger Laura Breunig said...

That is such a great idea, just what I need for my second graders!

At September 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM , Blogger California Natives said...

What a great use of words! You are right-dictionary equals boring! WOuld love to use this with my students.

At September 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Mrs. Matthews said...

I love this idea!! My classroom of ELLs would truly benefit from your idea!!

At September 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM , Blogger Mrs. Matthews said...

I love this idea!! My classroom of ELLs would truly benefit from your idea!!

At September 21, 2012 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Sara said...

Perfect, Misty! They are so cute and SO useful. I like the colors a lot, but the black & white is really cute, too!

Miss V's Busy Bees

At September 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Eileen Griffin said...

This is perfect for my second graders. I love the "interesting words" option. I was kicking myself for not purchasing little student dictionaries, but now I know I was waiting for this!
Love it!


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