We're all caught up with our Junior Doodle posts for now. Check out the first three words of the year! I thought this word would be difficult, and it was. I realized that the children definitely can understand and remember words more easily when we use visuals, but I wondered if they could create an image of a word that was not very familiar to them. And, I wondered if this would help them remember and "own" this word as part of their personal vocabulary. The word "indefatigable" is a word that's in a book we are reading (see the blog post on our Junior Doodle page for more information). So, through reading the book they were introduced to the word and its meaning. But, they needed several explanation of what the word meant as they tried to show in their own drawings a representation of "indefatigable." At the end of the week, however, several of the students completed a drawing and shared it with the class. It was the discussions along with these images that, I think, where the most effective in helping the entire class build this word into their vocabulary.
Check out the Junior Doodle Indefatigable page as well as the other two pages to see some great 2nd grade work!