ABSTRACT

The ability to use new vocabulary with confidence is similarly exhilarating, empowering, and expansive. When high-risk students learn words that increase their vocabulary knowledge, the people need to celebrate their progress. In Margot’s third-grade class, students are wearing word lanyards. Students turn and talk to a partner and reflect on how their knowledge of the words has increased. A vocabulary celebration acts as a review before a summative assessment and a validation of student learning. Block Party is based on the concept of neighborhood gatherings. As students participate in a Vocabulary Party, they have opportunities to apply vocabulary to new situations, correct misconceptions, participate in social events, and expand their network of words. Vocabulary Parties let the reader tap into the playful spirit of elementary students while honoring their increasingly sophisticated word knowledge.