If you want your students to learn words for the purpose of remembering them and actually using them in reading and writing, you need to make sure they engage with their vocabulary in unique and meaningful ways. Keep reading. I like using continuums because they help students reflect on their understanding of the word, and they also give me a valuable quick check for understanding. Some of my favorite ways to use continuums are to ask questions like these:. Gallery activities can work a couple different ways, but I love how they encourage students to think about new words creatively.
Speed Learning: A Classroom Activity
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5 More Vocabulary Activities for Older Students
I love poetry, and I always want to share that love of poetry with students. Last year, I decided to add a new element to my poetry unit, Poetry Speed-dating. This simple activity allows students to explore some poetry in a low-stakes way. The set-up is simple. Find a variety of poetry books and anthologies for students to browse.
After 15 years in the classroom, I have some thoughts about ice-breaker activities:. And so, it turns out that the social risk is high and the social reward is low. Additionally, too often the person leading the activity has not thought through the point of the activity and how it fits into the course. And going around the room talking about what you are studying or what you ate for dinner last night is boring.