Interactive Thursday - Word Nerd Board

Today I wanted to share our new "Word Nerd" bulletin board with you and I thought it would be a great idea to link up with Erin at I'm Lovin Lit for her linky...

As I mentioned on Sunday we are working on word choice in writing right now. After we worked through our initial text we started working on collecting interesting words and using resources in the classroom to help make our writing more engaging for the reader. We are working on becoming "Word Nerds". When I first tell my students we are going to become word nerds a few of them don't want to be nerds but I talk them into loving the idea.

We each make our own word nerd for our bulletin board. They are based on the Big Eye kid clipart from Scrappin Doodles. See their huge heads that hold their huge brains! And their eyes are so big from reading so many amazing words!

I made really basic templates for these word nerds that you can pick up here if you are interested.

Next I give my students a recording sheet to record any interesting words they come across in their writing. You can pick up a copy here. I used the adorable letters from Megan.

My students select one word that they want to add to the board from their list. I put extra slips in a basket near the board so that they can add to the board whenever they find more words.

It works out great because this board full of awesome words is right next to our Bump it Up board.
 We also are using our synonym rings. I listed the words across a board that they should not be using because they are in their synonym ring and they can find a better more interesting word to replace it.

Lastly just want to say I am in love with the colour posters from Rachel Lamb.



  1. I love the Word Nerd board! Such a clever idea:).

  2. OMG - cutest thing EVER! I'm so thinking of a way to use (and display!) those Word Nerds!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  3. Your room is so bright and colorful! I love it! The display for the Word Nerds is very cute. I like that they have big eyes from all their reading!

    Eclectic Educating

  4. How adorable are those Word Nerds!? I'm definitely holding on to this idea for my kiddos. Thanks for sharing!
    Rooting for Third Grade

  5. LOVE the word nerds!!! What a fun and totally adorable way to teach the kids to tune in to interesting vocabulary words! I'm going to have to try this with my class - thanks for sharing this idea!

  6. The word nerds are fantastic! Love all your resources to support word growth and synonym usage in your classroom! I love the fact that your students are completely surrounded by fantastic words :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    My Shoe String Life

  7. I. AM. IN. LOVE!!! I WILL be doing this!!! Brilliant!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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