What do facetiously, bedazzle, and affidavit all have in common? They are among the many, many words third graders have added to the walls (and bookcases, and doors, and dry erase boards) in my room. All of my third graders were challenged to bring in 10 words they just liked saying. And, boy, did I get words this week – schnitzel, weltenschauung, ruthenium, boing, jug, and the ever popular pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
We sorted through the words to try to figure out if they had any common features and we discovered some very interesting things! Lots and lots of our words contained an “s” sound (think splat, thistle, sequoia, smack, precipice, super, salute, quests), a “k” sound (kakuro, sulk, cake, kumquat, caterpillar, lack), or a “d” sound (diabolical, dodecagon, divisibilities, fluid, doodle, dweeb, dispute). When it comes to vowels, favorite words seemed to be heavy on double vowel sounds like “oo” (stupendous, solutions, oodles, noodles, poodles, snickerdoodle, streudel) or “ee” (leech, cheese, weed, bungee, obsequious, beeping, reek). Words were often super short (sulk, flop, pie, snag, glue) or ridiculously long (micropachycephalosaurus, antidisestablishmentarianism, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious).
Now we want to hear from you! Does anyone out there have a favorite word? Let us know and you’ll be added to the ACE room’s version of a Word Wall!