Vocabulary Fun

July 15, 2011

The layout of the book is unique. On the dedication page, the extra credit assignment is explained. The students are to write sentences using three words from each letter section. The words are to explain something about the student. You will find Page’s sentences on the side-borders of each page.

In Miss Alaineus A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier, Page misses school the day the vocabulary list has been given out. When a friend shares her list over the phone, Page misunderstands the word miscellaneous to be Miss Alaineus. Her mistake, although embarrassing and humorous, creates a fun character for the Vocabulary Parade.

The illustrations were created with markers, lined paper, and general school supplies Debra found in her fifth grade daughter’s desk. Cute. Kids will connect with this attribute.  Intermingled in the text are numberous vocabulary words, emphasized in italics.

“And I knew: to apprehend with certainty, that my mistake was still alive and well, and nothing like gold.”

Savorings for reading and in writing for Miss Alaineus: a Vocabulary Disaster:

  • Every day happening – school assignment
  • Cause and Effect
  • Vocabulary and word choice
  • Character Thinking
  • Colon – used in several ways
  • Learning from Mistakes