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October 12th, 2013

Vocabulary Building-Fall Theme

There are so many interesting things to talk about in October.  In Canada we get to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en.  This is one of my favourite Fall rhymes.  It’s sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

All the leaves are falling down,  falling down, 

 falling down           

                                                All the leaves are falling down, red, yellow, green and brown  

When my kids were little I recall singing this endlessly on the way to and from preschool.  There may be more verses, but we kept it simple.  That way I could drive and remember the words at the same time, while planning dinner and thinking about the grocery list.

Activity: Brainstorming is a fun way to build vocabulary.  All you need for this one is a bucket/bag/box/bowl/basket of different kinds of leaves. Take turns printing and saying all the words you can think of that go with “leaf”.  You’ll find one word leads to another and before you know you’ve got hundreds of words. Try putting the words into groups (action words, describing words, nouns).  Make sentences.  If you have time put the sentences into a story and draw a picture.

Here’s an example of brainstorming:                    Leaf 

maple,  fir,  pine,  needle, branch,  green,  prickly,  soft,  floating,  twirling,  crunchy, brown,  rake,  pile,  jump,  squish,  damp,  earthy,  messy, toss, bugs, twigs

Describing words:  green, brown, earthy, messy, crunchy, prickly, damp, soft

Action words:  floating, twirling, jump, squish,  toss

Nouns: maple, fir, pine, needle, branch, rake, pile, bugs, twigs

Happy Thanksgiving.