A couple of years ago, my co-teacher and I were introduced to a vocabulary strategy from TeacherTube (I wish I could credit the appropriate teachers) known as Word of the Day. One word was selected each day and besides looking at it from a vocabulary standpoint, it was also used as a classroom management tool. We all have experienced students beginning to transition as we wind down our final directions, but now our students know not to move until we have given the signal; the word of the day.
Additionally, our students actually determine what the word of the day is going to be. As they are reading their independent reading books and come across an interesting or unfamiliar vocabulary word, they write the word and the sentence on a sticky note and place it in our word of the day bin. Each morning, a word is selected and our students lead the discussion on how to chunk or decode the word while also discussing the part of speech as well as the meaning of the word (they use context clues first and then dictionary skills if they are not able to determine the meaning from context). Each student tracks this information in a notebook so they are able to look back at previous words and discover various patterns (examples include noticing that words that end in -tion are typically nouns and various vowel and consonant patterns).