The purpose of this “work mat” is to provide a space for students to explore academic vocabulary in a meaningful and interactive way. Demonstrating terms in multiple contexts and completing word study activities is a critical part of vocabulary development.
How to use:
The work mat is designed to allow freedom for many different activities. Think about the term you are exploring. Consider what activities and contexts you feel are important for the students to learn about. Be creative with different ways to use the various boxes and diagrams. It is best to spread out the activities over several days in order to chunk the learning. You can use the example work mat included to model for students.
Below are a few strategies to incorporate into the work mat:
• Parts of speech
• Word parts
• Word association
• Roots, prefixes, and suffixes
• Sorting ideas
• Contextual examples
• Critical thinking questions
• Examples and Non-examples
• Semantic mapping
• Synonyms and Antonyms
If you would like to re-use the work mats you may decide to print and laminate one for each student. It is sometimes beneficial to make a large poster sized-copy to use in front of students if that is an option for you.
Thanks from Rebecca at Reading Innovations!
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