1: Give 25-word pretest. Students get purple pens to write answers. Time the test, take back pens, students self- score tests. Students chart pretest scores on a bar graph. Each student has a unique set of homework words to study with flashcards. Each student chooses one word to become the class expert. (If words are below their level students will be scoring 80-100%. Use more academic language.)
2: Interactive word wall. Each student gets a reused manilla envelope. It hangs on the wall and flips open. Create a Rubric. Students choose 1 word missed on Pretest. They Define, write a realistic sentence, part of speech as used in a sentence, inflected forms, prefix, root, suffix, antonym, synonym, translation. On back: D.O.K Level 3 test question (with the correct answer) On front: an illustration of the word. Student teaches to the whole class (Create rubric) then I use an AVID strategy with students facing each other in 2 circles. Students in outside circle teach the words to students inside circle. move one seat, or pass the interactive words.
3.Post-test- Like Pretest, students graph % score, Calculate gains!
4.Hang all Interactive Word Wall student work in hallway, or classroom. Videotape presentations. Students love this lesson!
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Maybe by drawing words on the board. or by explaining new words. or by using realia( real objects)...etc.
Have students create gestures for each of their words
-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)
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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.
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