A great way to build vocabulary is to develop word association skills. These task cards contain words from the categories of sports and occupations. When given a set of four words students compare and contrast words to determine which word does not belong in the set of four (the odd one out). They then give their reason for their selection. This involves a higher level of thought process and awareness of word meanings beyond memorizing definitions. I have used these cards with 5th through 8th graders.
The cards lend themselves to a variety of goals to include building vocabulary through word associations skills, answering wh questions, and using negatives such as does/doesn’t in sentences. They may also be used for eliciting spontaneous speech when practicing articulation at a conversation level.
This set of cards contains a total of 48, 2 x 3 inch double sided cards; Included are 32 sports cards, identified with a blue line and 16 occupation cards identified with a red line.
To make more durable cards print them on card stock. Cut the horizontal lines keeping the cards attached on the middle vertical line. You can then fold the cards on the center vertical line. Laminate or glue the the card closed. This makes a double sided card with a front and back. The front side provides the word association task and the back side provides the answer. Students may use the QRC code to get a confirmation of their reasoning. Students can use this feature for self checking. There may be more than one reason for a choice and this should be acknowledged. You can download an APP on most mobile devices to scan and read the code.