My school holds an annual character book parade on Halloween. The premise sounds great, kids dress up like characters from a book, but something smelled fishy to me last year. Noticing that this was still a Halloween parade with a strained tie to some book, I knew we could create a stronger tribute for bibliophiles alike. Thanks to Debra Frasier, author of Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, we found a solution that is fun, cheap, and involves everyone!
Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, by Debra Frasier
An excerpt from her page: a hilarious romp through the usually not-so-funny world of vocabulary. Sage misses school due to a cold and from there the misunderstanding begins. But “miscellaneous” is finally revealed for the word it truly is, and Sage manages to redeem herself in a marvelous and inspiring creative leap.
The Premise of a Word Parade
Dress up like a vocabulary word and create a word parade with your class or school. It's as simple as that. Some construction paper and string can get you from start to finish in no time. Here is a simple example:
Two longer rectangle pieces of construction paper. Punch holes at the top. Loop together and hang around your neck. Write the word parallel on each strip. Done.
Educational Value- Priceless!
The beauty of this project is that:
1) it can be completed anytime of year. Halloween is an easy place to plug this in.
2) it can tie into Halloween costumes. Ex- a gruesome or ghastly character.
3) students learn new words from each other.
4) it gives a chance for all children to participate. Last year, half my class dressed up and the other half didn't. I expect most, if not all, to participate this year.
5) it is academically focused.
Show Not Tell
It is easier for me to show you than to tell you. Here are some of the examples we found on Debra Frasier's page
and in our classroom.
Wrapping It Up
When we returned to the classroom, each student shared their outfit and we talked about the meaning. After going around the room (all but one had an outfit), we voted on our top three favorite costumes. Our winners are shown below (inflame, dishevelled, and condensation).
Here are the pictures from today's parade:
Mrs. Myers is "orbit" by using a hula-hoop with hanging planets. I was the "luminous" sun with a long orange dress (complete with orange high heels), ray hands and head, and a battery operated light-bulb.
Bonus: Eli's Halloween costume this evening (the high heels didn't make it this round).
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