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Building a vocabulary file.
Have students select some of the words they will add to their vocabularies. Most of these should be words that students encounter in their daily activities--words they see or hear. Just identifying the words will make students more attuned to the language around them. Once a student identifies a word he or she wants to get to know better, the student places pertinent information about the word on a 3 x 5 card: correct spelling, sentence (or meaningful phrase) in which the word was used, definition and part of speech of the word as it was used, and an original sentence using the word. The original sentence should be specific enough to clarify that the word's meaning is understood.

Families and others should be aware of the target words so that frequency of exposure to those words can be increased. Students might want to keep cards in alphabetical order for ease in checking definitions. An alternative is to separate words being studied from words that are "mastered." If only one new word is learned each day, 365 words will be learned in a year.

Advertising a word part.
Have each student make a poster or a commercial with the purpose of communicating a morpheme's meaning and showing some words which use that morpheme. For example, a poster for ject, meaning "throw," might show a number of balls headed toward a basketball hoop, each with a ject word on it (reject, inject, interject, etc.). Displaying posters in the classroom increases the students' opportunity to learn more morphemes.