Monday, February 16, 2015

Vocabulary Shenanigans

Happy President's Day!  I have the pleasure of having today off for mid-winter break. Thank goodness too since we have more WIDA, data review and conferences this week. Whew! 

My kids all have school and hubby is at work so, for once, I actually have the house to myself! I wish I could say I was sitting around being lazy but nope. Too much to do for that (although I wish I *was* sitting around being lazy). It's also the last week of my graduate class so there is a ton going on for that too. When it rains, it pours, right? :)

Alas, as I was sifting through the piles of grading I am behind on, I was grading vocabulary. I know it's important for my kids to be able to use these words and last year I did a bunch of stuff with Word Nerds. I still use a modified vocabulary sheet but don't use all of the activities because I just don't have time. One thing I did insist upon keeping is the 7-Up sentence wherein they have to use the word in a sentence that a) makes sense with the definition and b) has 7 or more words (hence's 7 or more). 

I hate grading the vocabulary notebooks because a good chunk of my kids, despite doing these 25 times this year, do not give me good sentences. We do all the rest together and they have to do the sentences on their own (to help me see if they really understand the meaning of the word). Sometimes it's like pulling teeth to grade them (and I have tons of kids who never turn them in despite having a week to complete them). 

So yeah. Not my favorite thing to grade. But today, I'm glad I did grade them as I was surrounded by looming piles of things I need to do by tonight. Several of my students had me cracking up at their sentences this time. They are just hilarious. (Good thing I'm home with just the dog and cat so no one hears my Betty Rubble laugh.)

Here are my favorites from this grading session:

  The definition we have for enchanted is "to delight greatly" I'm guessing she's saying I delight students. :)

 I literally laughed out loud at this one....

 This one is a little hard to read but it says, "Mrs. Wood said when she goes to meetings, they are exhausting." I guess they do listen ;)

This kiddo just cracks me up. He is so sweet and I'm never letting him go to 5th grade so I can keep him forever. He is such a delight.
For the word intense, he writes "A strong man is so intense he can carry a 3 foot rock. P.S. no one can lift that." Bahaha!

I will probably never again have the joy of grading vocabulary that is truly this hysterical. Thanks 4th graders, I needed the laughs :)


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