Did you read my post about Poppin' Words? I just wanted to share a picture of my life sized Poppin' Word Chart that we use on a regular basis. I just blew up the poster I created (free here), laminated it, and attached it to a black foam board. My favorite part of this anchor chart is that it is reusable (time and time again!). We choose about one poppin' word from each story we read and once the stars are all full, I start erasing and adding new ones. My objective is just to get the kids thinking about, finding and using great word choices and it is WORKING.
Take note of the word awesome being crossed out. My students and I are in an agree-to-disagree agreement that awesome is an okay word choice, so long as it only shows up in a story one (or, preferably, less) time. Even with the big x on it, my students continue to want to use awesome...but, hey, at least they are spelling it right now! Beggars can't be choosers and I stepped back on this one with them. Ha ha!
Oh yeah, and don't forget to give sprinkles of the Pop Rocks candy on their mouth when their writing is POPPIN', it is very motivating for them. The first time, they all got a little sprinkle so they could experience pop rocks...now it is only going for the students who really focus on word choice in their writing! I found them at the Dollar Store 3 for a dollar and 3 packs go a LONG way when you are just giving out a little sprinkle on their tongues!
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