Word Quest

Room 11 fourth graders are working weekly on a year-long “word quest.” Each week the students choose a challenging word they would like to add to their word knowledge and use that word frequently throughout the week. Students are encouraged to keep a word bank where they list interesting words they would like to explore. Words should come from a student’s reading. A typical week looks like this: Monday Students choose a word and complete a Word Quest Card which meets the following requirements: •Write word •Write word divided by syllables •Write complete dictionary definition •Write synonyms •Write antonyms •Write a sentence with word using context clues •Helpful hint: list part of speech Students begin using word as often as they can. Mrs. Lowe will initial back of card for each sentence (up to 5) where the word is used correctly. Students continue to use word and get initials (up to 5). Students continue to use word and get initials (up to 5). Students continue to use word and get initials (up to 5). Students continue to use word and get initials (up to 5). At the end of the day students will turn in their Word Master card and receive a grade. Their grade is based upon meeting the minimum card requirements and how many times they have used their word.

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Notes: •Usage grades are determined by the number of times a word is used correctly in a sentence. 6=20+ times; 5=8+ times; 4=5-7 times; 3=4 times; 2=2-3 times; 1=0-1 times •If minimum card requirements are not met, student receives 1 grade lower, but no higher than a 3. •Late card grade for cards turned in the following Monday will be lowered by 1 grade. •The maximum of 5 sentences per day has been instituted to avoid the “turn in 20 sentences on Friday and expect a ‘6’ syndrome.” The idea being…students learn a new word by using it often in real life situations. Just writing 20 sentences and then not thinking of their word again does not help them “OWN” that word, nor is it considered superior quality effort.