We've been working on character traits and the students have been doing a really great job of learning to describe a character's traits by how they act, think, or believe on the inside and not describe their physical traits. But we did hit a bit of a snag with the type of words they were using at times.
You know- the Ad group: mad, sad, bad, or glad! Plus, good and nice...So we have made a couple of charts.
Words that students use all the time or are not exciting or very descriptive are now called Penny Words in my room.
The students immediately understood what I meant. Associating these common words with a penny made total sense to them.
Then the more descriptive words or character traits were turned into our Dollar Words chart.
As we have discussions, I hear students saying "that's a penny word!" They also want to know as we discuss books if their particular word they are using is a "dollar word". I love that they are paying close attention now to word choice. This leads them to a better understanding of the shades of meaning author's trying to get across and hopefully will lead to more descriptive word choices during writer's workshop!
I want my students to collect their own penny words and dollar words when they come across them and not just use the charts. They can use these individual charts for that now. They are free if you can use them be sure to grab them!
I hope you enjoy the Penny and Dollar Word chartlets. I go on spring break tomorrow- whooo hooo!