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memorizing vocabulary

Mar 6, 2013 11:51am

Hello all, i am a scientific terms teacher, i have a problem in the useful activities that help my students memorize the terms with their definitions , my aim is to let them in a full knowledge of the terms by the end of the class and all the terms are being memorized as well.
any thought would helpful for me
thanx in advince

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    • Mar 10, 2013 12:02pm

      If you school district/division has a specialist in the Content Enhancement LINCing frame, I would highly suggest connecting with that person. The LINCing frame is a way for student to connect visually, orally, artistically, and kinaestheticaly with words. Why? It looks like a flow chart so you write the word in first, then there is a spot for a definition (so they can look it up), then they can create a silly context sentence containing the word and in the next ox draw a picture depicting their silly sentence. Finally you can have the kids share orally, get up and mime or act out their silly sentence and have others guess their word, or just move around the room adding their sentences to anchor charts that you keep posted throughout the unit. Whatever works best for the learners in your room. Each frame handout holds about 5 new words and can be easily whole punched and kept as notes.

      • Mar 6, 2013 12:39pm

        Games are a great way to make memorizing fun and successful. Check out this Twister Vocab Game (the site also is a great resource for other ideas, and I like the 6 step process for teaching voabulary that they lay out):

        • Mar 9, 2013 4:54am

          It's been said that to learn new vocabulary one needs to hear and say it many times (I think the number is something like 25) so any time you can use the word and have kids echo read , use it throughout the day.
          So Word of the Day or Word of the Week can be useful. We use our WOD when I call students to line up or transition times everyone needs to echo the word. We place it on sentence strips posted on the wall with the definition too. And refer to them often.
          Other ideas:
          *students add graphics or draw the words in a meaningful pictorial way (we learn and think in visual ways)
          *graphic organizers

          • Mar 8, 2013 9:54am

            Luren thank you alot , i really appreciated ^_^

            • Mar 8, 2013 8:03am

              could you please explain the game to me , i'm retty much confused and not sure how it does play ?
              thank youin advance

              • Mar 10, 2013 10:06am

                thank you all for your precious advices. but what if i have 5-6 new words per lesson . each lesson contains from 5-6 new words thats differ from the other ones . that creats a huge burden on my shoulders to let my students memorizing the words with it's definitions .

                thank you

                • Mar 11, 2013 8:27am

                  I have at least 10 new vocabulary words a week. We make flashcards (using a flash card making site) run drills and then have "vocabulary bees," where the students are given the definition and then have to use the vocabulary word in a sentence. We randomly include words from previous lessons for review.

                  • Apr 22, 2013 12:09pm

                    There is a great free online flashcard site called Quizlet.
                    You can enter the new words and access them daily in class to introduce and review with the kids. You can play games with them or even quiz them on the terms on the site all for free. For a small fee you can upgrade $15.00 per year and be able to even add a visual on each card with the terms as well. These pics can also be seen as they quiz or test on the site. It uses various languages and even has a audio button for pronunciation. You can access word list that others have stored or create your own list as you go. You'll be able to share links with the kids so that they can independently study as well away from class. The possibilities with this tool are endless. I used it with high school 9th LA resource students and it was a tremendous help.



                    • Apr 22, 2013 12:17pm

                      There is also a cool lesson here called "Kick Me" that you might be able to incorporate as well.

                      • Apr 24, 2013 5:27am

                        Jinan- In addition to adding all the new words, have you considered making a word wall? A word wall is a bulletin board, with all the vocabulary words presented throughout the year. If it seems like a lot of work, you can put students in charge of creating and updating this wall, but the simple act of seeing the words repeatedly will allow students to use them more often.