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Whether you've chosen words from literature, from test prep lists, from a vocabulary book, or hand-selected words you think your students should know, the exercises in this bundle will complement them perfectly.
Designed to work with any vocabulary list, these activities, games, and practice worksheets will get your students thinking creatively. If your classroom culture calls for small group activities, stations, creative learning, differentiation, brain-based learning, or enrichment, this bundle will keep your students interacting with their words in truly meaningful and memorable ways.
*Note: These creative, critical thinking vocabulary activities are specifically designed to be used with Tier 2 words. That is, high-frequency academic words that appear often across content areas. Students will see these words while reading, hear them in speech, and want to use them in writing. You can view an example list here.
Included are the following (also available individually):
1. 23 task cards that appeal to various learning styles to use as review.
2. Getting cozy with a word helps students to zero in on difficult vocabulary.
3. Getting to the root of a word gives them opportunities to break down word parts.
4. Predicting word meanings is an inductive learning activity.
5. A fourth vocabulary practice exercise encourages students to personify the word and think symbolically.
1. 40 Truth or Dare task cards make up a fun practice or review game.
2. A choice board features extension activities differentiated by learning style.
3. An open-ended rubric that allows teacher and student to agree upon criteria for a personalized learning experience.
*This resource is also included in my ELA Games Bundle.
1. A vocabulary dice game leveled with Bloom's Taxonomy to use with one word or the whole list.
2. A picture-based associations activity that consists of 78 quality images to use with almost any Tier 2 word.
3. An optional critical thinking note-taking page for the image association activity.
4. A 6 room doodle activity that capitalizes on the brain's ability to make connections through creative doodling.
5. Word Nerd bookmarks that provide a way for students to record when they locate your vocabulary words in reading outside of class or independently during class. Designed to be used as a small extra credit assignment.
1. A continuum to help students reflect on their understanding of the word.
2. A game that allows students to engage in meaningful vocabulary conversation in small groups.
3. A speed dating activity in which students participate in a mock speed dating event that requires them to "be" their vocabulary word. Critical thinking is required, and suggestions for differentiating for various levels of learners are included. This activity is designed for enrichment.
1. A template students can use to review using vocabulary lists, Post-Its, and creativity in individual, partner, or whole class arrangements.
1. A digital template with student directions that you can use to add QR codes via Google Drive so that students can make meaningful associations to help them transfer their understanding of words to long-term memory.
These engaging brain-based vocabulary activities work well at any stage of a vocabulary unit, but they are especially helpful to help students review their words on a regular basis to reinforce retention. They are designed to be used over and over again, saving your time and energy. They are most appropriate for older junior high or high school students.
Best of all? They work across subject areas with most word lists and spell E-N-G-A-G-E-M-E-N-T!
Note: Many of the resources included in this bundle are secured PDFs.
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