So, last year, my good friend was telling me about this great idea that she had seen on teachertipster.com where you play pictures of sight words on a digital photo frame. She teaches 1st grade, and that seemed appropriate for her classroom but not so much for mine. Anyhow, I have been thinking about it for a year. What a great idea.
Well, I had some grant money come my way this spring, so I decided to get myself a digital photo frame and make it work for my room.
One way that I expose kids to new vocabulary is through our classroom Word of the Week. The kids are introduced to it and practice it in a number of ways throughout the week both in the classroom and in homework. Most of my kids do pretty well with retaining the new words, but I do have some who struggle with remembering these words. I am hoping that this will help with everyone having better retention of the words.
Here is an example of what one word and what it will look like. Somehow, I don't have the first screen which introduces the word: COLOSSAL.
I am going to place the frame in a place with a lot of student traffic so that the kids can see it easily. The words will be words from previous weeks, and they will be in constant slideshow mode. I haven't decided how many words to have going on at a time, but right now I am leaning towards a rotation of about 4 different words each week.
So, here is how I made it. I used SMART Notebook 11 and made each page in that. Each word starts with a page with just the word on it, a definition page, some sentence pages, an etymology page, a page of related words, a page of synonyms, and a visuwords.com map for the word. The word COLOSSAL is its own document, and each WOW will have its own SMART document. Once I finished it, I exported it as an image/jpeg. I put all of this onto the flash drive, put it into the frame and voila! I have my word slideshow.
What do you think? I think it is so cool, and I can't wait to continue to make more images for my WOWs. I am hoping to complete them this summer before school so that I am not scrambling to do them during the school year. Wish me luck!