From A to Z, vocabulary parade held at Girdler

Words of knowledge and wisdom lined the hallways of Girdler Elementary on Tuesday, November 22, as students brought vocabulary from their recent classroom lessons to life.

The event was a magnificent (impressive, splendid) parade of costumed words. Classroom teachers in the fourth and fifth grades planned to both astound (overwhelm and stun) students and bring them delight (enjoyment and joy) while making words memorable (most likely to be remembered).

The parade concept has been used in classrooms across the nation, with the initial concept is based on Debra
Frasier’s book, Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster, where a student confuses the word “miscellaneous” for the person, Miss Alaineus.

For the students at Girdler, it was an opportunity to share a recently learned word and its definition with classroom peers and teachers.  Some students visually represented what they have been learning in math, such as parallel lines, while others selected vocabulary from social studies, science, and their English Language Arts classes.

Photos from the event are available in the KCPS Photo Gallery.

Posted on November 23, 2016