Vocab Activities by lonyoo


									Vocab Activities
Strategy Crossword Fictionary Find your partner Glossary Glossary term bingo (Wordo) Grammar PowerPoint Hangman Juxtaposed Words Matching Words and definitions Memory Game Vocab Scattergories Silent ball Spelling test 10 Target words Vocab/glossary test Who Wants to be a millionaire Word Cloze Wordsearch Word Splashes
Word splash in a bag Word splash on the board Word splash – student generated Word splash -Group Directed Word Splash Engaging Word Splash -2 -2 -3 -3 -4 -4

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Wordwall Web sites including some on-line vocab games

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Vocab Activities
Strategy Crossword Description  Eclipse is a crossword maker on the UYSC system. Students could make their own crossword and swap with a classmate to complete, or the teacher generates a crossword.  There are free crossword makers on line.  Word of the week/day - students choose a word from the dictionary/or they have seen in text, that they present to the rest of the class. Must be a word that the rest of the class may be unsure of. Student gives 4-5 possible definitions. Students use word knowledge and origin knowledge to try to work out the correct definition. Once the grade has decided on definition then the student verifies it. Students then have the challenge to use this word in a sentence during the week (either orally or in their writing). Receive house points/rewards for using the word correctly. Word can then be added to word wall.  Word cards and definition cards, hand them out and ask students to find the ones that match. Variation – stick words and definitions on students backs and they have to find the match.  Keep a glossary (students)  3x3 grid, enter 1 glossary term per box, teacher reads out definitions from glossary list or word wall etc, if students have that word they cross it off. When all the words are crossed off - Bingo. Check student’s words and definitions. Process can be reversed, Start with definitions and match words.  A PowerPoint using focusing for eg on ‘did and done’ The answer flies in after the student had written down what they though it should be.  Hangman  Present a question that uses two target words in the one question eg. Could a virtuoso be a rival?  Write a vocab list and their definitions not in order on board or on sheets students have to match  Match word with definitions, this is played like a memory game. Cards are all turned face down, and students have to match words and definitions. Students turn 2 cards at a time. When a correct match is made the student take the cards, and have another go. If the mtch is incorrect the other student has a turn. Winner is the student with the most pairs KEL  Students are given certain criteria (eg a noun, a feeling, a verb, a food etc). Then they are given a letter and they must think of words starting


Find your partner

Glossary Glossary term bingo (Wordo)

Grammar PowerPoint Hangman Juxtaposed Words Matching Words and definitions Memory Game Vocab



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with this letter for each category (eg A - noun - Adelaide, feeling anxious, verb - annoy, food - apple). Give points to students if no one else has the same word as them. Silent ball  Students to throw a soft ball around the classroom. Each throw they are to use a new word from vocab list. List words on board, once a word had been used it can’t be used again. When all the words had been used the students this list can start again. If students repeat a word, make any other sound or miss throw the ball they are out.  Spelling test  Select 10 target or tier 2 words a week. Use different vocab activities to revisit them.  Students teat each other in pairs. Tester reads out the definition, the other student gives word. Do five words each and the winner is the best of 5 games. Can stay at this level or become a Round Robin. Bring a pair of students out the front and have a class competition. The competition can continue into the next classes.  Use the follwing powerpoint (with special effects). Use Target words and their definitions. Available on the UYSC intranet @ S:\Staff area\Coaching\ICT or online at http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPTgames/ . Students could play this working as individuals in the comp or in groups.  This is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain words removed (cloze text), where the participant is asked to replace the missing words. Cloze tests require the ability to understand context and vocab in order to identify the correct words or type of words that belong in the deleted passages of a text  Easy to make on the following site http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/  Word splash in a bag – Put Words into paper bags (students to work on groups. Students read words.Use this for prediction – what do you think this topic is going to be about; word clarification; put these words into a paragraph.  Wordsplash on the board - A teacher generated word splash can be used when students are reading an article on a topic that may not be easily accessible to students.

Spelling test 10 Target words

Vocab/glossary test

Who Wants to be a millionaire

Word Cloze


Word Splashes


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 Wordsplash – student generated- The word splash activity supports students’ reading by helping to provide purpose. It is especially important that struggling and reluctant readers are provided with a purpose before reading. A student generated word splash asks a group of students to quickly brainstorm on a large sheet of paper all the words they associate with the topic of the article they will soon be reading. The teacher can then review these words with the class by asking individual students to write a sentence using the word or by asking students to write a paragraph using some of the words. The teacher can also review words orally with students exploring the meaning of the word and the association the word has with the topic.
 Word splash -Group on large sheets of paper, follow by relevant

reading underlining key words.
 Word splash -Group Place 6-10 words that you want ordered sequentially or in some form of hierarchy. Students will do this in written format such as a graphic organizer template. Below is a possible example for the living world hierarchy.


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 Directed Word Splash The words in this splash are targeted to answer a focus question. For example, “How would you use the following terms in discussing evolution with a team member?”

(In this example we would hope students would focus on using these as lines of evidence supporting the theory of evolution.)  Engaging Word Splash This splash may be useful in assessing prior knowledge or in the Engaging phase of the 5 E model. There is no suggested limit for the number of words/phrases as it is dependent on the task or reading passage used. Individual students mentally compose a story or scenario in which the words have meaning. Timing is important in this task and usually limited to 4 minutes. A variety of „report out‟ techniques can be employed such as pair-share, a graphic representation, writing the story, or general class discussion. The activity concludes with the actual story/scenario being given to students who are then asked to find and underline the splashed words/phrases.

Passage: Two hundred years ago, men setting out on a long sea voyage had a 50% chance of returning. Major causes of death were not pirates, sharks or being washed overboard. In the 1740‟s a crew of 400 British sailors was reduced to 200 primarily as a result of scurvy. Approximately 250 years ago a British physician set out to learn what caused scurvy. The symptoms of the disease he described as follows: large, discolored spots over the body, “swelled” legs, “putrid” gums, no energy, ulcers on legs, rotten bones, and fungus flesh. One of the fascinating symptoms, and perhaps the most telling, is that old scars would break open just as if the wound had recently been inflicted. He reported that people with the ailment could eat and drink well but, because they had no energy, they would stay in bed all day. If called out of bed, they would attempt to stand and bones in their legs would break. In an attempt to learn the cause of scurvy, the physician designed a well controlled experiment. He


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selected one group of sailors to eat as usual. Then he established five other groups that each day ingested the following: (1) sea water (2) vinegar (3) sulfuric acid (4) oranges (5) lemons. Those consuming the citrus fruit did not develop the symptoms of scurvy. Using this information, each British sailor consumed a daily ration of lime juice to prevent scurvy. Hence, British sailors became known as “limeys.” Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can be synthesized by most vertebrates from the nutrients they ingest. Humans and monkeys are the only exceptions to this and must eat vitamin C in order to have adequate amounts. Ascorbic acid is necessary in the synthesis of hydroxyproline which is necessary in connective tissues and synthesis and repair. Without it, connective tissue slowly breaks down…the teeth loosen, gums degenerate, scar tissue and blood vessels break down. In advanced stages, sufferers usually hemorrhage.

Wordwall  Current target vocab focus displayed on wall Web sites including some on-line vocab games
http://yvilt.wikispaces.com/Vocabulary www.vocabulary.com/ http://www.cobbk12.org/Cheathamhill/LFS%20Update/Vocabulary%20an d%20Word%20Walls.htm (especially note graphic organizers with links and GAMES under websites ) www.resourceroom.net/Comprehension/vocabactivities.asp http://www.surfnetkids.com/vocabulary.htm http://www.eduplace.com/tales/ - need to use correct parts of a sentence to make a story. Vocabulary web is a template that students use to explore a word. Specialised Word Rubric is for technical or specialised vocabulary. A synonyms pre-test Word Web Model is for investigating many different aspects of a word Vocab Web Model is for investigating different aspects of a word


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