Thanks for taking a look at this “ELL Around the House Vocabulary & Language Building Activities” packet! This product includes a variety of ways to practice 73 nouns that represent items that might be found inside and outside a household. So much more than memorizing definitions-these engaging activities will increase your students’ vocabulary and improve their general language fluency – a great way to make language acquisition fun!
Although these activities were designed to be used as practice for students for whom English is not their native language, many of the activities require academic skills and/or higher level thinking that may enrich and strengthen the vocabulary of all young learners
Materials at the beginning of the packet include illustrations of living rooms/family rooms, bedrooms, a kitchen and a page with 20 kitchen “gadgets”, and a bathroom, with approximately ten labeled items on each page. Many of these items are featured more than once in a different style or color (for instance a window with curtains and a window without curtains that has plants on the window sill) to promote flexible thinking as the students familiarize themselves with the vocabulary. After looking at and discussing the pictures, students are presented with a cut/glue activity in which they label other examples of the same items. The vocabulary ranges from extremely common (chair) to less common (spatula), so, according to the needs of your students, you may pick and choose which vocabulary will be the lesson focus.
After the students have discussed the vocabulary and labeled the pictures, additional practice includes:
• A kitchen items crossword puzzle (2 versions for differentiation - one with and one without a “word box”)
• A kitchen item “riddle-like” page in which students list the item that would fit the described category (for example “You can make something smooth and creamy like these drinks” - milkshake, smoothie, frozen lemonade - using this- a blender)
• A simple labeling page - students write the names of 20 pictured items
• 2 full page cloze activities - students fill in the blanks with vocabulary words to complete a story
• Categorizing- Students choose and record 6 different words for 6 described categories (for example “Things that might be made of Metal”)
• Sentence Writing - students explain their category choice by writing a sentence (after reading 2 examples.)
• Students apply their word knowledge by deciding if statements using the vocabulary are “true” or “false” (for example “You will find forks in a drawer in the bathroom.”)
• Students draw detailed pictures to go with given sentences that include vocabulary words.
A list of the 73 words is provided on a single page for easy access in case you would like to develop your own games or activities to go with the list. Also, an answer key is provided for every page except the ones on which the students need to create their own sentences.
Depending on the language level of your students, many of these activities may best be used as material for guided practice or whole group instruction, as the vocabulary and concepts may be too difficult for independent work.
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ELL "Around the House" Vocabulary and Language Building Activities
by Amy Bratsos
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