How I use this resource in my classroom:
At the beginning of each new unit, students are given 8-16 new vocabulary words to learn. Ahead of time, I create a PowerPoint presentation that provides illustrations, synonyms, and a definition for each of the new words. Students copy the information from the presentation onto their flashcards. After all information is copied, there is a space for students to use the vocabulary word in a complete sentence. Each flashcard is then checked for completion, and students are given a pocket to construct, so that all of their cards stay together in one place. I like to give students a new pocket for each unit.
The students like to use their flashcards to quiz each other. To do this, all they need is a partner, a whiteboard, a dry-erase marker, and their flashcards of course!
Partner A will choose a word from his/her stack of flashcards, and instruct Partner B to use the whiteboard to complete one of the following tasks (without peeking at the flashcards):
1. Use the word in a sentence
2. Draw a picture
3. Write the definition
4. Write a similar word
My students enjoy friendly competition, so I set a timer for one minute. Students can keep track of the number of tasks completed successfully, during that minute. At the end of the minute, Partner B will get to hold the flashcards, while Partner A uses the whiteboard.