Reading Word Recognition Strategy: Word of the Day Appropriate Grade Level: K-12 Procedures/Steps: • Choose a word that you feel is important for the students to learn because it is a sight word, is connected to the text, or will expand students’ vocabulary. • Present the word at the beginning of each day. The teacher can give the definition of the word and give examples of how the word can be used in context or the students can be asked to define the word and give examples. • Place the words on a bulletin board and review them at the end of each week or month. Monday – there Monday – there There are four birds. Can we go there too? Sally is over there. REVIEW Monday – there Tuesday – their Wednesday – they’re Thursday – them Friday – they Comments and/or tips: • • • At the elementary level, the teacher can introduce the word and talk about the parts and sounds of the word with the students. At the middle and high school level, the students can be asked to define the word themselves and use it in context. The teacher can also have pairs of students come up a word of the day and it explains it to the class. Source: Watts, S.M., & Graves, M.F. (1996). Expanding vocabulary instruction to foster the development of word consciousness. WSRA Journal, 19-24.