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TITLE: Einstein Club AUTHOR: Liz Cannon GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 6, vocabulary OVERVIEW: I started this activity to get my students more excited about vocabulary. PURPOSE: This is an ongoing lesson to get students to learn the vocabulary that corresponds with core curriculum. OBJECTIVES: Students will learn vocabulary lists from science and social studies lessons. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Vocabulary lists from texts ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Each morning when the students first get to class, a list of ten vocabulary words is on the board. I usually use five social studies words and five science words. Students write sentences showing correct usage of each word for one point per word and define the words for tow points per word. There are thirty possible points. Each day I tally the points each day and keep a cumulative score for the month. The top five students are posted each day. The top five for the month are in Einstein Club and win a prize (pencil, candy bar, etc.) and a picture of Einstein. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: Words get taken off the Einstein list if the majority of the class gets the definition for the day. Otherwise, words stay on until enough students can define them. This provides a type of pretesting. At the end of the week all of the words show up on a vocabulary quiz. This is the only portion of the activity that is graded; the daily vocabulary is not.