All activities are meant to supplement up to eight vocabulary words, whether they are from a reading anthology program, novel study or curriculum area (science are social studies). I use these activities with our current reading program and the eight words that are introduced each week. I have found that these activities really help these words “stick” with the students long after each week is over.
The activities are…
Vocab Tally Rally-
Students put a tally mark on the poster for each time they see, hear, or use the word. I would have students who got so into this, they would come to school with a book that they were reading at home that was tabbed to the pages where they found our vocabulary words just so they could add a tally mark! I laminated the poster so that I could erase the words and tallies each week to make way for our new words. At the end of the week, we would write the first place, second place, and third place word on an index card and add it to our Vocab Tally Rally Hall of Fame. The students decorated the index cards to match the word’s meaning. I’ve also included a “play along” worksheet that could be useful.
Vocabulary Word Skits-
Students work in pairs or groups of three to write a skit incorporating their vocabulary words. This is a great way to practice those speaking and listening skills as well. Rubric included!
Students create a cartoon strip using their vocabulary words.
Vocabulary Dice Roll Activity-
Roll the dice to find out your task. Makes a great center.