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10 Exciting Ways to Vocab-it-up in the art room!

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Cassie Stephens

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Transcript of 10 Exciting Ways to Vocab-it-up in the art room!

I Admit: I Can't Keep a Word Wall, Y'all!
But I have found what works for me! And that's what I've got for y'all today in this Top Ten Ways to Vocab-It-Up in your art room!
#2 See, Think and Wonder
While I'm quizzing the kids, they are playing "What do you See, Think or Wonder?"

This encourages art talk vocabulary as well as gives them a sneak peak to our Artist Inspiration.

#3 Word of the Week
I use the same Word of the Week for all of my classes, kindergarten through 4th grade.
#4 Artist Inspiration
After the Word of the Week intro, I'll ask the kids to make a couple of connections to the artist's work seen during See, Think or Wonder.
#1 Stop 'em at the Door
What's the first question every kid asks you when you greet 'em at the door?

"WHAT ARE WE DOING TODAY?"

Use that time to flash your Door-Stopping Vocabulary Tickets.
10 Exciting Ways to Vocab-it-up in the art room!
Hint: I use vocab that we
are either currently learning about or will be introduced to that day
.
Keeping It Organized: Each grade level's vocab tickets can be found in these paper pockets right by my entrance.
Hint: To keep the children on task during this time, I'll ask the "teacher" to be on the look-out for a well-behaved artist. Those couple of kids become my art assistants for the day.
I like to use words that empower the kids: artist, unique, nonconformist, original, imaginative.
A "Whoop! Whoop!" is how we welcome our word.
Hint: I use a laminated piece of construction paper so I can change the word out weekly.
To reinforce artist vocab, I do a call and response. As in, I say Pablo, you say Picasso. Pablo...PICASSO!
Hint: If this artist directly ties in the lesson at hand, I'll read from Mike Venezia's The World's Greatest Artist series.
#5 Show It, Say It, Repeat
It's not enough to just show the kids the words.

I'm a big fan of call and response.

Clearing my throat is my signal to them that they are about to repeat after me.
Hint: Treat this like an acting class! Tell 'em, "let's say it like we're sleepy! Now sad! Try excited!"
#6 Games, Y'all!
One of my fave vocab games is called "A What?!" It's a great way to introduce vocabulary.
Another is called "Clap and Slap" where we not only say the words but count out the syllables.
Hint: I wish I could do games like this everyday, but with 30 minutes, I reserve these games for introductory lessons.
#7 Say It Again!
Learning Targets...did I hear a collective grown?
I have the kids repeat all directions after me. Throw in those targets
and
that new vocabulary!
Hint: Trust me, you'll notice a big difference in what the kids recall if they've repeated after you. Added bonus: your administration will think you are magical!
#8 Poems and Songs
I have a poem about line-learning that includes a snake called Larry the Line.

We have lil ditties that help us recall the elements of art as well as warm and cool colors.
Hint: Greg Percy's Songs in the Key of Art are another great vocabulary resource.
#9 Put Puppets to Work
Kids love puppets even if you feel like an absolute moron. Trust me, they'll remember the vocab all the more!
Hint: Give your puppet a distinct voice and a name. Have him interact with the kids.
#10 Reinforce with The Smartest Artist!
Great wrap-up game at the end of art class.

Hint: We play this when time allows.
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