Hello everyone! Mrs. Weiss here.
Every Thursday, right after lunch, Div. 4 participates in a word game challenge called “Chasers.” Students are encouraged to “chase” after words that follow certain criteria or patterns: ie; certain letter groupings, letter sounds, word lengths, word meanings, specialty words, etc. After brainstorming on their own for 2 minutes, students then share their words around the classroom, and we create a master list of all their creative word ideas (with correct spellings!) We also discuss patterns we see in the words, and talk about their definitions.
Students then have an opportunity to do activities with their word “data.” Activities are wide and varied, and can include data collection, math calculations, writing activities, and even art! Students can also “apply” to be a leader, and run chasers, and a few have done a great job so far.
Ask your students about Chasers and some of the words and ideas they have brainstormed. I have created a specific set of Learning Standards for Chasers, which is linked below. (This document is a starting point, and may adapt over time, as the students delve deeper into even more creative word patterning and activities.) Also, keep an eye out on Fresh grade for uploaded samples of Chasers work, coming soon.
Have a great week!