- September 22, 2018 at 9:45 PM #52066
Learning new vocabulary words is a fairly big deal in my classroom. We memorize 1-2 Latin or Greek roots each week in addition to quite a few words regularly chosen from their reading books. At the end of each chapter book we have a vocabulary test and I am always looking for new, innovative ways to review. I would love to have input. Some of the things we regularly do as a class are: add simple motions as we say them aloud, try to recall as many as possible without referring to a list, students make motions for the others to guess a word from the list, create simple pictures to go with the meaning (such as glasses sketched onto a couple letters in the word spectacles). What ideas do you have to share with me?
- September 24, 2018 at 10:17 PM #52076
This will take some teacher work to prepare but playing a game of “I Have___. Who Has ___?” can be a fun way to review any type of fact.
- Prepare index cards with the vocabulary words and then matching cards with the definition (or a fill in the blank sentence).
- Distribute the cards among the students, giving each an equal number of word cards and definition cards.
- To start the game one student (or the teacher) says, “Who has — (they read a definition)? The student holding the correct card says, “I have — (they say the answer).” That student then says, “Who has — (they read a definition card they are holding)? And so on until the cards are gone.
- You could switch it so that the students first give the word and the answer is the definition.
This game lends itself to review of any subject. I use it in first grade to practice reading words, but in that case, all the cards are displayed so everyone can see them. Students then choose a card that they can see and say, “Who has —?”
- October 1, 2018 at 9:49 AM #52534
Consider using a “word wall.” You can check on the web for a variety of images to spark your imagination. Students can write words on cards in large letters and they can be displayed on the wall in some logical grouping–by root families, parts of speech, or by theme if they are from a content subject. Words could also be embellished with visuals for illustrative/memory purposes.
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