I was actually inspired by a few of the Rotary members who visited our classroom to give dictionaries to each of the students.
During our morning meeting, we put the definition under the word of the day in red. Throughout the day when we have transitions, I say either the word of the day or the definition, and they respond with the opposite.
I have really noticed a difference as they begin using the words in their writing and conversations. They also get really excited when they see our words in the books they are reading.
Today I thought up an additional enhancement. I am having the students complete this graphic organizer that lists the word, the dictionary definition, and a place for them to write the meaning in their own words. I am hoping that it will strengthen the lesson even more.
You can find the template for the word of the day here.