While flipping through the Primary Concepts catalog this summer, I came across the Word of the Day. This small spiral book contains interesting or "fun to say" words (flabbergasted, swish) along with prompts for discussion and corresponding activities. A new word is introduced several times a week during our Morning Meeting or as a time-filler in between activities. Some children have really taken to the challenge of using the word five or more times during the school day or at home. The word is written on a 3x5 index card and placed into our Word Jar (a large pickle jar). Throughout the year, we will pull a word out of the jar to see if the kids can remember its definition and use it in a sentence. We'll also refer to this activity during Writer's Workshop when we talk about how writers use words to "show" something, instead of just telling us.