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Mystery Word of the Week for grades 3-5

Want to boost the vocabulary of your entire class with only a few minutes a day? What if I told you with little prep work! Here's the solution: use the Mystery Word of the Week clues to spark daily discussions of words.
Need an easy way to improve the vocabulary of your entire class in less than 5 minutes per day? Use the Mystery Word of the Week clues to spark engaging discussions of words. Perfect for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Blog post from

I created this activity to make words engaging, interesting, and still attainable for all members of the classroom. I originally used this strategy during morning meetings, but it can really be used at any point of the day. I've used it for an interactive bulletin board, posted the Mystery Word of the Week as a challenge, projected the daily clue for bell-ringer work, and included this in Work on Words during Daily 5. The differentiation is endless.

By the way, I am sorry about how sales-pitch-y this is. I'm just really excited! Be sure to check the end of this post for a way to win your own!

Here's a quick video for an inside peek:

Teachers love it. Here's some of the feedback I've received for the Mystery Word of the Week:
I can't miss a day because my students love this! Thank you! - Leslie F.
I love helping students expand their vocabulary. Thanks for helping me do this in a fun fashion. -Suzanne M.
This is a great thing to have for students who complete work early. They enjoy the challenge of discovering the word, and it's really helping some of my lower level English learners learn about words! Thank you! -Richard C.
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Great Idea! ... I work at a small K-12 school and had students of all ages asking me to continue posting the mystery words. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to increase the vocabulary of all in a fun, non-threatening way. -Kim M.
I bought this because I wanted to have something interactive to put in the hallway outside my speech room. Teachers stop by with their whole class, adults participate, it's definitely a great buy! -buyer
Some students get it right away, others ponder and are so excited when they figure it out. There are always groans when we reveal the word and they missed it! Better luck next time. Fun weekly activity. -Shari K.
Do you want to win your own bound copy of the Mystery Word of the Week {the Bundle} from the video? How about a Teachers Pay Teachers gift card? Here comes the Rafflecopter!!
Play nice, and no cheating, please. Winners will be selected Monday Aug 1in the morning and contacted via email. 
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