One of the things that trips up my 8th graders while learning about the Holocaust and reading Anne Frank's story is the vocabulary, much of which is new to them, such as Axis Powers, and Gypsies.
This activity has two parts. The first two pages are the vocabulary words, which you may have students practice in any way you wish. The words are set up as cards, and they contain the defintitions since so many of these words require a specific context, and it doesn't make sense to have the students look them up in a dictionary.
The second two pages are a follow-up game, called Label the Bucket, which is derived from Keys to Literacy. In this game, the students are given these worksheets, and asked to cut the cards and spread them out on one partner's desk. They are also given a number of boxes, bags, or envelopes. (I used brightly colored gift bags and usually give the small groups five bags each.) Finally, I give each group a small stack of sticky notes.
The goal is for the students to classify the vocabulary words into five categories and name those five categories on the sticky notes on the fronts of the bags. I sometimes allow for a Miscellaneous category, but it is much more fun if you don't. I highly recommend making it clear that the categories are based on meanings and not spelling or part of speech (no cheating and having categories of people, places, and things).
I usually play several rounds in a 20 minute period of time.
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