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i need a strategy for engaging students in vocabulary

Oct 29, 2017 4:45am

  • English Language Arts
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  • Engagement


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    • Oct 30, 2017 8:58pm

      Maybe by drawing words on the board. or by explaining new words. or by using realia( real objects)...etc.

      • Nov 5, 2017 1:07pm

        Vocabulary Foldables
        Have students create gestures for each of their words
        Vocabulary Games:
        -Pyramid Game (students in groups with one group member with back to the board; a word is displayed; each group gives clues while the student with his back to the board guesses the word; students switch roles and a new word is displayed)
        -Headbands (students have words on their forehead or back and get clues from classmates; each student has to guess their own word)
        -Name Dropper (students have their vocabulary cards and are in groups; the first player in each group chooses a word and gives clues about the word to their group; 1st player who correctly guesses the word gets to go next)
        -Memory (students are grouped by 2-4 students; two sets of vocab cards are turned upside down; 1st student turns two cards over; if a match the student has to tell what the word means, give a synonym, say an example, or use the word in a sentence; if correct the student keeps the pair and goes again; when a non-match is made it is the next player's turn to go)
        -3 Way Match (teacher prepares 3 cards per vocabulary word: a card with the term, a card with a picture, and a card with the meaning; every student in the class gets one card; students mingle as they look for their group members with the other two cards for the word; when a group is made the students discuss the word and think of examples and synonyms; each group shares out to the rest of the class about their word)

        • Nov 6, 2017 2:15pm

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          • Jan 7, 2018 1:35am

            When I used to teach year nine, each week I would give them ten words they had never heard of. The point was to build their vocabulary and build their confidence in using these new words. I was more interested in them knowing the meaning more than the spelling so when testing them weekly, in addition to spelling, students also had to write a synonym (or meaning) and part of speech. Students relished in using these new words in their everyday speech and writing.