Tired of turning to BINGO in an attempt to shake things up a bit when teaching academic vocabulary? Still justifying using paper dictionaries as teaching “life skills?”
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Teaching students who will be taking university entrance exams? They need academic vocabulary, but flat out memorizing words doesn’t work—we all know that. Turn your students into active learners by giving them the opportunity to speak, which will reduce “teacher talk” at the same time.
All activities are designed for use with learning definitions, other forms of the words (different parts of speech), synonyms/antonyms, and usage in sentences. While learning these vocabulary words, students will also be learning the reading comprehension skills (and test taking skills) of finding meaning within the context, look for clues with synonyms/antonyms, and using the part of speech to narrow down a definition.
✪Warning✪ Preparing the activities DOES take time. There is a lot of cutting involved. However whether you use cardstock or you are a laminating lover, you’ll end up with sets that can be used over and over again. Once that prep work is done, you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Recommendations for creating, organizing, and storing the sets are included in each resource packet.
▒HOWEVER, worksheet activities are also included for when you need something NOW.▒
This resource includes:
✔ 2 building background handouts
✔ a handout with vocabulary, definitions, and parts of speech
✔ a definitions matching activity
✔ a definitions worksheet (handout mentioned above doubles as an
✔ a crossword puzzle with answer key
✔ a simple definitions quiz
✔ a word scramble for spelling practice with answer key
✔ a parts of speech sorting activity that has students looking at affixes to help them determine the correct part of speech of different forms of the vocabulary words with answer key
✔ a part of speech worksheet (uses same answer key as the sorting activity
✔ a part of speech grouping worksheet with answer key
✔ a sentence cloze matching activity
✔ a sentence cloze gap activity (uses the same sentences)
✔ answer key for the sentence cloze activities
✔ a synonym & antonym building background/review worksheet
✔ a synonym & antonym matching activity
✔ a worksheet for students to write their own sentences
✔ my word map resource
✔ ADDED ON 5/9/2016: 3 pages of discussion cards
✔ ADDED ON 5/9/2016: one page of no-prep or minimal-prep ideas for activities and games
This resource uses the following academic vocabulary words:
annex, apex, collapse, conquest, devise, invasive, prevailing, resist, severely, violation
This resource was created for high-level ESL adult students but is also ideal for high school students.
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