What different strategies do you use to teach vocabulary in your classroom?
- I have made an iMovie. First, the word is shown and read out loud. Next, I put pictures of the vocabulary word and said the dictionary definition. Then, I used the word in a sentence and the synonym of the word went across the screen.
There are tons of great spelling websites out there. Spellingcity.com is a great one! Teachers can register and post weekly words or students can add words to the site at home for additional practice!! If you are a high school teacher looking for vocabulary - check out GotBrainy.com where students can take pictures or create a movie based on the definition of the word! The site even provides scholarships! Pretty Neat!
For spelling assessment.. I use garageband to record my spelling tests. Students then can use the computer or my ipod to listen to their spelling test. This frees me up to assist students in small reading groups or provide remedial instruction.
Hope that helps :-)
I like the idea that you are incorporating in your iMovie for vocabulary building. The partner readwritethink from NCTE has numerous vocabulary resources. For example:
Supporting Vocabulary Development with EASE describes a vocabulary lesson and uses a document EASEinstruction-sequence.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary uses an interactive that allows students the opportunity to fill in the blanks of a story with words created through a virtual flip of the chip. Flip-a-Chip
Teaching Survival Vocabulary 2,000 wordsTeaching Survival Vocabulary
Vocabulary Organizer Vocabulary Organizer Sheet
Solving Word Meanings: Engaging Strategies for Vocabulary Development Overlapping Vocabulary and Comprehension: Context Clues Complement Semantic Gradients
Concentration help students learn vocabulary by playing the classic game Concentration.
If you go to thinkfinity.org, click on In the Classroom in the gold navigation bar http://thinkfinity.org/in-the-classroom, you can search for vocabulary lessons and modify your search for appropriate grade levels, resource types, subject areas, and partners. If you use just a keyword search, you will get a variety of vocabulary resources from throughout Thinkfinity.
Have fun searching and let us know if you find something that's really great for your students!
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Another great vocabulary building resource is the Crossword Puzzle from ReadWriteThink. I used to spend hours creating crossword puzzles for my students, but now I could just use this interactive to create puzzles and I could have students create their own puzzles.
Thinkmap has just launched a new, free website Vocabulary.com that educators can use to assess students' vocabulary skills. It also is a good place for students to learn new vocabulary. They participate in games like The Challenge to see if they know the word or can determine its meaning from context clues within a sentence.
If you create a login and sign in, Vocabulary.com will keep track of the words you are learning and show stats on your progress and play history.
Take a look at Clockwords, a game to build vocabulary and increase typing ability. According to Richard Byrne's blog, "The game is set in the context of an inventors laboratory. To prevent the loss of the laboratory's secrets to secret-stealing spiders, you have to quickly type words into the dialogue box. The longer and more complex the words you type are, the more chances you have to kill the secret-stealing spiders. Once you get past the long introduction to the game it is actually quite fun."
Another great tool is www.quizlet.com a free website that creates flashcards. The teacher can create the vocabulary list and definitions (has the ability to add photos). It has sound so students can hear the word and definition read. It has 2 games scatter--click and dragging the word to the definition and space race---spelling the word before the definition goes across the screen. Flashcards can be printed from this site to create a matching game or a domino type game. Students can practice tests on the site. Teachers can use it to give vocabulary quizzes and have it automatically graded....have to watch for cheating on this one.
Students use it to study vocabulary!