Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fancy Nancy

I had seen the idea for using the Fancy Nancy books to teach vocabulary and creating a Fancy Nancy Words bulletin board before.  I had been wanting to implement it since forever ago, but just never did. So, this week I DID IT!!  Wahoo!  And, let me tell you, it is spectacular, splendid, and sensational (Those are fancy words for great!)
There are tons of Fancy Nancy books so I plan on reading one about twice a week until the end of the school year.  Next year, I will start this MUCH earlier and do a different book each week.
I hit up Dollar Tree (big surprise) and bought these:

So, I can transform into this for each story.

I had one of my students take this picture, so it's at a weird angle :)
I dress as Fancy Nancy for each story.  (I looked for a boa and couldn't find one, so Christmas garland worked, but as soon as I find a boa, you better believe I will be wearing it.)
I go through each book first to see which words I want to introduce.  I write them on the board and we discuss them, that way the students can listen for the words while I am reading.  After reading the book, we fill out our papers to add to  our Fancy Nancy Word Book.

 I tell them to write their words from the book in a fancy way. 
The students are overjoyed (that's a fancy word for happy) to get to try out their skills with cursive and bubble letters.

 I write the words on index cards (decorate them with sequins) and post them on our Fancy Nancy Words bulletin board.

I am still in the process of making this "fancier."
Another fun aspect to our Fancy Nancy words is that if I hear any student using one of our "Fancy" words, I pick up my glitter:
5 pack from Dollar Tree
 And sprinkle one dash on their desk.
 Ooh la la! This is a smashing success.  In case you didn't already know this... KIDS LOVE GLITTER!!!
I will post more things as I add them to our Fancy Nancy fun!
I hope you had a spectacular, splendid, and sensational day.


22 comments:

Allison @ Room Mom 101 said...

This idea is FAB-U-LOUS!! I love it and so would my students! Learning new words suddenly looks a lot more exciting this way. I will have to use the idea next year...for now...it looks like I will be hitting the dollar store...again!
Allison
www.room-mom101.blogspot.com

Mrs. D said...

I will be filing this idea away for next year. Super fun! :)

http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

Meagan said...

Great idea! I love the Fancy Nancy book set.

Andi said...

We use Isabel Beck's vocabulary program at my school and I LOVE IT! However, whenever we talk about words I don't refer to them as Tier 1, 2 or 3 words, I just call them "Fancy Nancy" words. The kids totally get it. I have an Isabel Back b.board for these words, but I think I'll turn it into a Fancy Nancy b. board like yours!
Thanks for the inspiration!
-Andi
PencilsGlueandTyingShoes

Kim said...

What a splendously adorable idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

Janine said...

Oh, I hope I am still in the primary grades next year so I can do this!!!!!

S. Parker said...

Thanks for your detailed descriptions. I will have to try it. My students need to step up their vocabulary. This is fantastic way to do so.

Donut Diva said...

Love the visuals, I too have been putting this off. I think you have inspired me.
Heidi
bandedup.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

Ooh! I LOVE it! I am SO going to do this! (By the way-- you can find boas at Hobby Lobby if you have one). Thanks for the share!

Primary Inspired

Sherry said...

I love this! I can't wait to start usig it. Thanks for the great ideas!

Miss Griffin said...

I absolutely love Fancy Nancy! I have ALL the books and dressed as Fancy Nancy for book character day last year. I don't know if you have a Party City near you, but you can definitely find a feather boa there!

Morgan
FantasticFirst.blogspot.com

Pattie Moss said...

What a DARLING idea. And kids will LOVE this I know! I'm copying you!
So DARLING! Pattie Pattiesclassroom.blogspot.com

Takara said...

I was in Hoby Lobby and spotted a wall full of boas, I thought of you! Hope this helps!

Ms. Morales said...

Wow! Great idea! thanks for posting!!!! :)

Bri said...

I love this! I have so many kids in my class that would die over this idea:)

Thank you!

Cindy said...

That is fabulous. Stupendous. Amazing. Adorable.

I love Fancy Nancy. ;)

Joining ya from Blog Addicts! ;)

ellen said...

I love this idea,especially the glitter! I am just now reading this and will definitely use this idea next year. Where did you get the paper for them to respond to the story? Would you be able to post a copy? Thanks so much!

Mrs. S. said...

I absolutely adore (that's fancy for LOVE!) your idea! :)

Melly <><

Second Grade Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

Kelly O'Rourke said...

Hello,
I LOVE the idea of giving a sprinkle of glitter when they use a sparkle word.
I am getting my Fancy Nancy word wall ready. It will say Sparkle words on the sign and have a Little Fancy Nancy on it. It is a paperdoll that I downloaded from www.fancynancyworld.com I also printed out the color sheet on 11 x 17 and my husband is coloring it for the bulletin board. My sister owns a party business so I got hooked up with boas that will border my bulletin board. I will get photos posted when it is finished. Her website is www.onlinehalloween.com (tell her Kelly sent you).
Thank you for the fancy words in books we read idea as well!

Ms D said...

Love this! You have such FABULOUS ideas! Maybe add some big fancy, feathers something sparkly and bright. Thanks for all your posts!

Unknown said...

You are so amazing! I see teacher of the year in your future. I've been looking for a creative idea to energize my class the last 5 weeks and this is just the one! Thank you for sharing!

Jessica Bigger said...

Love this idea!! I have been trying to think of other things to do with Fancy Nancy, besides reading and writing. Doing a lesson about suffixes later this week, and excited to incorporate some of your ideas! You are such an inspiration!!

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