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Jun 14, 2013 7:43pm

Hello all,
when it comes to vocabulary memorizing, there are many problems that face the students
as much as i can, i'm trying to create a new vocab teaching strategies and games that let the students match the word with its definition,
the problem is that i'm running out of the games and i really need your help in it

Any advice would be helpful
Thank you all

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    • Jun 23, 2013 9:08pm

      I saw on pinterest a way of graphing area and perimeter with voab/ spelling words. I'm going to try this. Check that out. Good luck!

      • Jun 17, 2013 5:36am

        The best strategy that I came up with is to reward extra points for using new words. When a student uses a new word correctly, the right context within the right setting, I give extra points. Students consciously make sure they can use as many new words as possible. For most students, the words they learn in an academic setting are rarely used. Anything that continuously reinforces learning is more valuable that learning it once then moving on to something else.I also do the same for other things which places a conscious involvement in language use by students who still use words from one year to the next in other classes I teach. Games are too momentary to have lasting effects and it is usually an end-result process.

        ericpollock@yahoo.com

        • Jun 18, 2013 5:28am

          Instead of playing games all the time, you may want to create a Word Wall, where you give vocabulary words a place of permanence in the classroom, so students are exposed to them daily and they can use them throughout the year in their writing and speech. You can reward students for using the words, or it may be an expectation for writing assignments. For example, for word choice, you could create an area in the rubric where students have to use at least X# of words on the wall correctly. This generally allows students to own their words. The Common Core also focuses on using context clues, so helping students determine the meaning of words in context may be more valuable than memorizing definitions.

          Have fun!
          Katie Novak (@KatieNovakUDL)

          • Oct 8, 2014 8:26am

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