- Describe and explain
- Restate and Explain in their OWN words.
- Create a Drawing.
- Enrich and Expand their knowledge (synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, etc…)
- Collaborate with others (partner work, think-pair-share, etc…)
- Involve with play (games, work work, etc…)
- Put your students into groups of 3-4. Your groups can be more or less depending on the number of words you are working with. I introduce eight new words a week. I would create 2 posters myself and then divide the other six words between six groups.
- Assign each group a vocabulary word. They aren’t allowed to share what word they have with the other groups. Each group will also need a piece of paper (I like to use the large Manila paper but copy paper works great too) and a set of crayons or markers.
- Each group must come up with an illustration that represents their vocabulary word. I normally allow 10 minutes for this.
- Once all illustrations are complete, each group stands and holds up their vocabulary picture. They are to describe their illustration but they cannot say what word they are representing. The students from other groups will then try to guess which vocabulary word is being represented.
- I then will display each poster for us to refer back to throughout the week.
This simple vocabulary strategy can be implemented into your day in just 20 minutes. We spend 10 minutes creating our vocabulary pictures and another 10 minutes sharing their illustrations.
This lesson has become one of my favorite parts of our week!