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These activities were designed to help students gain and/or strengthen their understanding of key vocabulary.
The activities can be used with any word at various levels.
I provide a list of key vocabulary words for students to choose from. Words come from specific content areas of study and/or are words that students must have a working knowledge of. I have included a sample list of words. A blank bordered sheet is included for printing your word list, if desired.
Students roll a die/number cube to determine which activity they will complete. If you prefer not to use a die, I have included a choice “menu” option.
I organize all student materials in colored folders (coordinated with the colored/numbered activities).
I allow students to complete more than one activity, if time allows (using a different word).
I provide student dictionaries and thesauruses, yet I encourage students to use any content area material they may have as well as items posted around the room.
A roll-it mat/menu is included with a related word cloud option, using wordle.net and tagxedo.com. One is also provided without this option (as some may not have Internet access in the classroom).
A blank mat/menu is provided.
Overview each activity before using with students, and provide examples as needed. For example, we have a discussion of what related words are, and we practice brainstorming related words as a class. Also, we talk specifically about what it means to make a real-life connection with a word and the possibilities for illustrating the meaning of a word.
Student work is always shared, either with a classmate, small group, or the entire class. All student work can be displayed in the classroom as well. :0)
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.