Stupendous – causing astonishment or wonder; of amazing size or greatness – Stupendous.
Episcopal third graders took to the VPAC stage in feathers, lights, costumes and even mom’s high heels to celebrate the seventh annual Vocabulary Parade, and it was in a word - stupendous. The parade was inspired by a study of author Debra Frasier’s work. In her book “Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster” students explore misunderstandings that often arise in the world of words. Fortunately, there were no misunderstandings among the Episcopal students who had much to accomplish in their extravagant attire.
Bioluminescent. Cumulonimbus. Lackadaisical. Tardigrade. These are examples of the words chosen by Episcopal eight year olds. The students were tasked with properly pronouncing each word and delivering the definition before a full VPAC audience. In a task befitting a parade, the students also created costumes to communicate the meaning of their chosen term. How does one dress as confection or an algorithm?
In the end, the experience expanded the minds and vocabulary of the participants, and was great fun for observers as well. Surely the students will fondly remember actually being the word popcorn, magical or x-ray as they advance in reading and writing.
It brings a whole new meaning to having a word-of-the-day!