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					                                                 Vocabulary
                                                   Big Al
                                            By: Andrew Clements

   Word            Definition        Synonym         Antonym                           Gestures
                To change        mask, hide,       Normal,       put your hands over your eyes like you are wearing
Disguise        someone or       conceal,          real          glasses and say, “disguise!”
                something’s      camouflage,
                looks            cloak
clever          showing          bright,           Stupid,       tap your head with one finger and say “clever”
                creativity       intelligent,      dumb
                                 smart
steered         to move in a     turn, maneuver,   still         put your hands out like you are holding a steering
                particular way   guide                           wheel and say “steered!”
clumsy          moving in a      awkward,          Graceful.     roll your hands over each other in a circular
                weird way        gawky, klutzy,    coordinated   motion, act like you might fall, and say “clumsy!”
                                 uncoordinated
tremendous       extremely       marvelous,        Little        put your hands up in the air and say
                large,           sensational,      Small         “tremendous!”.
                powerful, or     terrific          tiny
                great

           Day 1:
           Write words on Word Wizard chart. Reread aloud the parts of story containing the
           vocabulary word. Use the definitions above to reiterate what each word means.

           Word Wizard Chart: Show the students the Word Wizard Chart. Say each word on the
           chart. Students repeat the word after you. Give an example and gesture for each word. Let
           them know that they will be learning about these words throughout the week. You will
           record a tally mark on the chart when you hear students correctly using a vocabulary word.

           Word Associations: After presenting explanations for each vocabulary word, ask students
           to associate one of their new words or phrase.
           Turn and tell your partner….
           Which word goes with putting on a costume? Why? (disguise)
           Which word goes with turning your handle bars on your bike to go a certain way? Why?
           (steer)
           Which word could be used to describe a child that is really creative? Why? (clever)
           Which word goes with a person that trips over his shoe laces all the time? Why? (clumsy)
           Which word goes with a clap of loud thunder? Why? (tremendous)




           Created by Anne Coletti/Bardmoor Elementary/Reading Coach
Day 2:
Making Choices
Point to the word disguise on the chart.
Say: If what I say describes disguise, put your hands over your eyes like you are wearing
glasses and say, “disguise!” If not, just remain quiet.
        - Dressing up to go to a Halloween party
        - Dressing for school
        - Putting on a fake mustache and glasses
        - Putting your pajamas on

Point to the word clever on the chart
Say: If what I say describes clever, tap your head with one finger and say “clever”. If not,
just remain quiet.
        - Creating something in art
        - Solving a math problem a different way
        - Brushing your teeth
        - Vacuuming the floor

Point to the word steered on the chart:
Say: If what I say describes steered, put your hands out like you are holding a steering
wheel and say “steered!” If not, just remain quiet.
        - Holding your mom’s hand as she leads you through a store
        - Sitting watching TV
        - Making turns on your bike
        - Reading a book

Point to the word clumsy on the chart:
Say: If what I say describes clumsy, roll your hands over each other in a circular motion
and say “clumsy!” If not, just remain quiet.
        - Walking down the street
        - Tripping over your shoe laces
        - Dropping a whole tray of drinking glasses
        - Sitting on the floor

Point to the word tremendous on the chart:
Say: If what I say describes tremendous, put your hands up in the air and say
“tremendous!” If not, just remain quiet.
        - Loud thunder
        - A quiet song on the radio
        - A big explosion
        - Taking a walk around the block


More of Day 2 on the next page



Questioning, Reasons, and Examples: students turn and talk with a partner.
         You hear a terrific booming sound in the distance. What word describes the sound?
          Why? (tremendous)
         You see a person wearing a fake mustache and a big nose. What word goes with
          what she is wearing? (disguise)
         Your mother is driving the car to your uncle’s house. What word describes what she
          is doing? Why? (steering)
         You trip over the toys in your room. What word could be used to describe you?
          (clumsy)
         You create a beautiful masterpiece in art class? What word describes what you
          are? Why? (clever)

Day 3
Word Wizard Chart:
Say each word on the chart. Students repeat the word after you. Review the student
friendly definitions for each word.

Relating Words:
Have students turn and talk with a partner.

A friend always trips over his own feet. Would that be an example of clever of
clumsy? Why?

You are trying to camouflage yourself in the woods. Would this be an example of
disguise or tremendous? Why?

Synonym Stretch:

Show the students the Synonym Stretch Chart. Read aloud the words at the top of the
chart. Read one synonym. Students work with a partner to identify the synonym that
matches the vocabulary word.



    Disguise                  Clever                Steered                  Clumsy               Tremendous




Put these on index cards and mix them up.
Mask, camouflage, cloak, bright, intelligent, smart, turn, maneuver, guide, awkward, gawky, klutzy, marvelous,
sensational, terrific
Day 4: Vocabulary Graphic Organizers: Work on this the
first time as a whole class. Have students turn and talk to help
come up with the answers. Students will name things that are
examples of one of the vocabulary word. Write the named items
in the top part of the organizer. Then students will name things
that are not examples of the vocabulary. Write those thoughts
on the bottom part of the graphic organizer.


             Covering self with                wearing a costume
             Leaves in the woods

A lizard changing                                    covering yourself
colors                                               with a large cape
                                   disguise          to hide your face

wearing normal clothes                               dressing in pajamas
to school

             a black dog in                    something that is right
             the snow                          out in the open




(blank graphic organizer follows day 5 activity)


Day 5: Vocabulary Check:
Review the words on the Word Wizard Chart. Reread the
sentences from the text to the students.

Teacher models how to complete a cloze passage with the first
paragraph. Scaffold the next passage by having students turn
and talk to their partners to figure out where the words go.

Four Square: There is a four square on the last page. It is
partially completed to provide your students with a template.
Cut out and put in the reader’s journal.
Vocabulary Words:

disguise   clever    steered          clumsy     tremendous

     Sharon didn’t know how truly _________ she was until she
tripped over her boots in her bedroom. You could hear a
_______________ clang when the box she was caring fell to the
ground. The box contained all of her Halloween ____________
that she used to conceal her identity. She was very __________
when it came to designing her own costumes. When she picked
herself up she ____________ herself out of the way of the big
mess she created.



disguised clever     steered          clumsy     tremendous

     When Paul looked closely at the tank he could see the fish
that had _____________ himself in the rocks. “What a
_____________ fish!” exclaimed Paul. He was impressed with
the way the fish had tricked his predators. Paul __________
himself away from the tank and started to walk ___________
away when he tripped over the bump in the carpet. There was a
_____________ sound when his head hit the tank. Thankfully
the tank did not fall on his head.




Created by Anne Coletti/Bardmoor Elementary/Reading Coach
Word:
                                         Definition: To change
___________________________
                                         someone of something’s
                                         looks


Write the word & draw an Illustration:   Read the definition.
       List 2 synonyms for disguise
                      Two places where you could wear
_____________________ a disguise. ___________
_____________________ ________________________
                                ___________________
   List 2 antonyms for disguise
                                ___________________
_____________________ ___________________



Word:
                                         Definition:   moving in a weird way
___________________________




Write the word & draw an lllustration:
                                         Read the definition.
       List 2 synonyms for clumsy        Write a sentence about being clumsy.
_____________________     (Example: I was clumsy once when I .....)

                      ________________________
_____________________ ________________________
                      ___________________
       List 2 antonyms for clumsy
                      ___________________
_____________________ ___________________

				
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