This resource contains 40 vocabulary task cards and an activity page to use with them. These cards can be used as a literacy center or simply as a fun way to help students learn new words. Each vocabulary card included contains a word, definition, mnemonic story, and picture to help students remember the word. Scroll down to see a list of the words used on the cards.
An activity sheet is included to accompany the cards. With this printable, students will write the part of speech of the word, complete a word map, and use the word in a sentence. Once this is complete, students can then create their own vocabulary cards by coming up with their own mnemonic devices, stories, and pictures!
Each card contains the following:
the definition of the word
a “Think of” mnemonic device (The think of will either rhyme or look like/sound like the word.)
an “imagine story or line” to help students link the mnemonic to the definition of the word
We use these in our 7th grade classroom, so this resource will work perfectly for middle schoolers!
Words on cards: unkempt, winsome, mortify, abscond, deride, gawky, interrogate, blemish, ambush, bedlam, aloof, wayward, humdrum, dormant, outwit, ingenious, disgruntled, somber, condemn, detest, jubilant, livid, encumber, erroneous, jubilant, livid, cantankerous, dejected, ludicrous, timid, lionize, bamboozle, fickle, perilous, scurry, abominable, saunter, ajar, immense, terminate, gawk, luminous
*There are blank cards included at the end so that students can make their own vocabulary cards in the same way using new words that they are learning. There is also a list of words that you can have students choose from when creating their own cards. This would work well as an independent assignment or as a class, you can create cards together!
We use these as one of the literacy centers in our classrooms. Literacy centers are perfect to use during guided reading, for student-centered learning days, for early finish work, or simply for fun Fridays! There are directions with pictures included for you to use this resource as a center and a page of frequently asked questions for your students to reference while using these cards at a center.
If you do not use literacy centers, these cards can be used for early finisher work, as a daily word of the day, or as fun classwork assignments. They are also perfect for emergency substitute plans. Happy teaching!
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