This multiple meaning and context clues file explains the academic vocabulary through fun, silly pictures connected to sentences. There is a month long set of slides for teaching, review, and practice. There are balloon pop sentences, etc., on various slides with opportunities for CFU.
There is a fun tic-tac-toe game that allows for everyone in the class to be brainstorming word usage and talking about meaningful vocabulary at the same time. Two teams of students will be chatting about the focus word (because one team can "steal" a chance to move a marker on the board if the other team can't do it in time). The team must use the focus word in a complete sentence to show its usage.
The words pop up on a cube and can be moved anywhere on the page so you can keep them and work with them after the game in other ways, with groups or individually. This vocabulary game is a great review tool as well.
Use it all year long to review! Watch them bloom!