Allowing students to discuss vocabulary in various ways is an important part of academic language development. My vocabulary activity cards are an excellent way for students to discuss academic terms in new and unique ways. This deepens understanding of the academic vocabulary they are learning in various content areas such as Math, Science, and Social Studies.
All 18 activity cards have a question, visual connection, and corresponding sentence frame. These activity cards also provide an engaging way to prepare students for vocabulary related questions on standardized tests.
How to use the product:
There are several ways the cards can be used. Below are a few ideas to get you started!
Activity card for the day or week:
Choose one vocabulary activity card to highlight each day or week. Next, identify academic vocabulary terms you would like to reinforce. Using the Gradual Release of Instruction, model how to orally answer the vocabulary question for students and then move into shared, guided, and independent practice. This may be completed in one lesson or you may spread it out over the course of a week depending on your timeframe and age of your students.
Use the activity cards to complete a Quick Write for introducing or summarizing lesson vocabulary. Present the question to students and provide the sentence frame on the board. Allow think time and then give students 2-3 minutes to compose their answer in writing. Next, have students share and compare their responses with a peer. This is also the teacher’s opportunity to quickly assess learning and clear up any misconceptions. As with any task, make sure to model the activity first.
Numbered Heads Together:
Numbered Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that holds all group members accountable for participation. First, make groups of 3-4 students. Give each member an assigned number between 1-3 or 1-4 depending on the group size. Pose a question to the class using one of the vocabulary activity cards. Allow groups to discuss their answer. Call out one of the assigned numbers and ask that student to record the group’s response on paper. Call on another number and ask that student to read the response to the rest of the class. Repeat this process with other terms or activity cards to ensure 100% participation!
Print the activity cards on cardstock and cut out. You may want to organize them on a ring to keep them together. Another option would be to print, cut out, back on construction paper, and laminate.
Thanks from Rebecca at Reading Innovations!
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