When most of us think of sixth grade, we probably don't think of etymology. Etymology is the study of words, and usually that involves understanding them, defining them, and studying their origin. But this year, some sixth graders at Delta Middle School will be pursuing words like detectives, interrogating them, tracking where they go and hang out, and discovering where they came from. The hallway of Delta Middle School will feature their investigations in a display called "Word Nerd."
Students will have the opportunity to get extra-credit points by finding new words, defining them and explaining why they like that word. It's a simple way to get students interested in the words they learn every day. Recognizing that words are created by people just like them may help them feel more comfortable using new words and expanding their vocabularies.
These words will be a featured part of the sixth grade podcast The Panther Reports, a short radio-style program produced by sixth graders. These short audio files are online, are free and can be available to you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be added to a mailing list to receive new episodes as soon as they are made. You, too, can expand your vocabulary on a daily basis, and enjoy our community's younger voices!