These flashcards correlate with stories from Houghton Mifflin's Theme 3: Chinatown, A Trip to the Firehouse, Big Bushy Mustache, and Jamaica Louise James. I print my flashcards on cardstock and use them throughout the week in various ways:
-review words at the beginning of a lesson or before reading the main selection
-review at the end of a lesson or as a quick exit ticket during small groups
-display flashcards in a pocket chart to support students in writing and using new words
-give cards to students and have them match words with definitions
-cut flashcards in half and use to play memory
-make multiple copies for games like go fish, Bang!, or Candyland.
The words are color-coded to match parts of speech: red=nouns, green=verbs, blue=adjectives, orange=other. Once students have gotten comfortable with vocabulary routines we use in our class, I begin to discuss and sort words based on their part of speech.
Of course, these are just a few ways that I use these flashcards in my classroom. Please share with us how you used the cards in your class in the comments section below, and keep up your hard work!