Friday, January 6, 2012

Words! Words! Words! New Please Touch Discovery Center

From the website Days of the Year:
Lost for words? Before falling back on your standard, boring vocabularly, why not consider using taking advantage of Thesaurus Day and looking up an exciting alternative?

Words! Words! Words!

January 18th is Thesaurus Day. Thesaurus Day celebrates the birthday of the author of Roget's Thesaurus, Peter Roget, who was born on this day in 1779. To celebrate the library plans on offering special programming to share our favorite juicy words and discover original fresh words.

As we get ready for the day we created a new Please Touch Discovery Center to provide hands on activities for children and their families as an introduction to grammar and to learn more about synonyms.

The center explores just three parts of speech: nouns, verbs and adjectives and we also introduced synonyms. We found the games on Pinterest, a wonderful site that acts as a virtual bulletin board.

The roll a dice game can be found on the blog First Grade Parade. This is a favorite for children in first grade and beyond! The Verb and Noun Town and Synonym Match Up games were found on the on the website The First Grade Sweet Life.

Books added to the display were picture books and several from Brian Cleary's collection and from Capstone's If You Were a series. We also found picture books filled with juicy words. There are some worksheets available to extend the activities introduced. (I apologize! These were from several sources and I did not take note of the website.)

Below are some pictures of the station. We hope you enjoy!

Make a silly sentence with a
 noun, verb and adjective!

File Folder Game found online

Match up found on Pinterest

Take homes to extend the activities

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