Thursday, June 6, 2013

Word Nerds Book Study Schedule

Greetings to all my blogging buddies on this terrifically, terrible, Tropical Storm Thursday!  It's a tidbit soggy outside and one of my favorite things to do when it is raining is snuggle up on the couch and read a good book!  So what better day to tell you all about my summer book study!

This summer we will be reading Word Nerds by Brenda J. Overturf.  I have already started reading it and LOVE it!  It is all about promoting and learning vocabulary in a fun, new way that your students will retain, even after the test.  One of the things I love best is that this is not only a book for ELA teachers but Math, Science, and Social Studies as well!  Any subject where you use vocab, you can use these ideas!

Now you might have noticed that I said "we will be reading..."  That's right!  I have some wonderful blogging buds that are going to be hosting certain chapters!  Whenever you see this ridiculously cute button (thank you Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs), you'll know that someone has written a review or has a great vocabulary centered activity based on this book study.

Every Thursday, starting next week, I will be posting my thoughts on the chapter and sending you over to our hosts to see what they have to think!  There will also be a linky party each week where you can link up your own thoughts or ideas for that chapter.  Some of you might want to have the book in hand (like me) or might not be able to do that right now.  No worries!  You can still follow along by reading the book online from Stenhouse Publishing.  The WHOLE book can be viewed even though it says "Preview Online."  LOVE IT!

Here is our line up of our wonderful bloggers who are hosting chapters.  Please click on their button to check out their amazing blogs!
Chapter 1 - What's the Big Deal About Vocabulary Instruction?
June 13th

Chapter 2 - Classrooms that Foster Word Confidence
June 20th
Misty from Think, Wonder, and Teach
Think, Wonder, & Teach

Raye from The Caffeinated Teacher
Chapter 3 - Making Introductions
June 27th
Jessica from Joy in the Journey
Kaitlyn from Smiles and Sunshine
 Chapter 4 - Squeezing the Juicy Words: Adding Synonyms and Antonyms
July 5th
Kelly from Koonce's Korner
 Chapter 5 - Active Vocabulary Practice
July 11th
Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper
Jen from Diving into Learning
Chapter 6 - Celebrating to Validate
July 18th
Jen from Teaching, Life, and Everything in Between
Chapter 7 - Spreading Vocabulary Wings
July 25th
Shannon from I Run Read Teach
 Alison from Eberopolis
Chapter 8 - Learning Through Assessment
August 1st
Tamara from Mrs. Russell's Room
I can't wait to get this started next Thursday!!!  Please feel free to join in at ANY time with your comments or ideas!  Don't forget to get your copy of the book or read the online version along with us :o)


  1. I have started reading the book, too. While teaching summer school, I'm trying out some of the exercises. I had no idea that teaching vocabulary could be so fun!

  2. I have started reading the book, too. While teaching summer school, I've been trying the exercises and getting a feel for teaching vocabulary using methods described in the book. I never imagined teaching vocabulary could be so fun!

  3. That's so good the book is available!! Awesome! Can't wait#

  4. Such a cool idea! Thanks for inviting us to join in.

  5. I just downloaded the book to my Nook. It looks great. I am always looking for better ways to for students to build a better vocabulary. I look forward to following the book study.

    Foreman Teaches

  6. Oh, boy, I'm so excited to be a part of this!! Got my book in the mail and ready to read! :)


  7. Thanks for promoting!!! I can't wait to start!!


  8. Just downloaded the book to my iPad and can't wait to join in! I've been using some Debra Pickering Strategies combined with a few others but would like to try out some new things.

    From Mrs. Allen’s Teaching Files

  9. How did I miss this?? I'm going to order this book right away and then be back to read all your posts. Vocabulary is definitely an area I need to improve.
    Thinking of Teaching