## Vocab Blitz: Vocab Blitz ScreenCast.mp4

Vocab Blitz ScreenCast.mp4
Strategy Explanation

I provide further explanation of the Vocab Blitz in this screencast.
Strategy Explanation

I provide further explanation of the Vocab Blitz in this screencast.

Whole-Group Instruction

# Vocab Blitz

The Vocab Blitz is a visual strategy used to teach concepts through the use of math vocabulary. Students answer deep questions about the relationship between words and math and earn tickets. They place these in the Raffle Jar, which we pick from on Fridays for a small prize. Math vocabulary just for the sake of knowing academic language is good, but the Vocab Blitz explicitly asks students to apply the terms, which allows me to build more rigorous questions and connect ideas (i.e. how volume connects to science). For example, by knowing what the dividend actually is, we have a shared language that we can use when trying to figure out if a problem is asking us to multiply or divide, and to connect to improper fractions' numerator when converting them.

Strategy Resources (2)
Teacher In Action

Strategy Explanation

I provide further explanation of the Vocab Blitz in this screencast.

Teacher In Action

Strategy Explanation

I provide further explanation of the Vocab Blitz in this screencast.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
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