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Nicole Caporale
Answered one year ago

I use a Venn diagram (two and three circles) to compare and contrast vocabulary.  It challenges the students to really think about the words, not just memorize the definitions. They look at spelling, etymology, defiinition, most frequently used ("popular"),  part of speech, etc. They seem to really engage, challenge themselves, and their friends.  

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cindi fetch
Answered one year ago

I love the concept word map to teach vocabulary.

Here is a link to one that I made.

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Robin Daugherty
Answered one year ago

The Interactive Word Wall (adapted from the Four-Block Literacy Framework, Cunningham and Hall, 1990) is used to develop vocabulary and guide content discussions. It should be used on a regular basis with students of all ages to develop content vocabulary in ways that engage students and provide for more extended vocabulary discussions than simple definition strategies (defining, matching, use in sentences, etc.). By using the Interactive Word Wall, students are able to understand a richer purpose for learning new words in context of content studies. They are also better able to make connections between different vocabulary words related to common studies, and to make connections between language and complex ideas in the content classroom.

Work individually or collaboratively;

to add vocabulary at any time during content studies
 review large chunks of learning and determine key words that support understanding

organize vocabulary into webs, flow charts, phrases or any other organizational structure to bring vocabulary understanding to a higher level by making connections between big ideas
Use the word wall to study large bodies of content prior to demonstration of mastery
Content Adaptations: This strategy is useful in any discipline to help students understand key content vocabulary and concepts. Some additional content adaptations follow.
Language Arts – Use the interactive word wall to engage in story mapping, character comparisons, discussion of genre or text features
Mathematics – Use the interactive word wall to explore similar and dissimilar concepts, understand and discuss mathematical process vocabulary, create problem solving or algorithmic statements, classify numbers/shapes/tools
Science – Use the interactive word wall to create diagrams of scientific processes, classify content/subjects/organisms, develop questions for investigations
Social Studies – Use the interactive word wall to develop timelines, identify and discuss historical patterns, investigate key cause and effect relationships

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Chuck Losch
Answered one year ago

Here are a bunch of ways I help students graphically organize their ideas about whatever vocab we're studying:



I typically use one of those methods for every two lists then move on to something else, so their work with vocabulary doesn't get too repetitive. So for lists 1 & 2, students will complete Thesaurus Work; lists 3 & 4 will be Word Links; etc.

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Todd Seal
Answered one year ago

I like to have a vocabulary activity for the day. Write now my students get their words on Monday, on Tuesday they have to rewrite their meanings in their own words and use them in a sentence, on Wednesday they create a table with synonyms and antonyms for their words, Thursday's they do a cloze or fill in the blank activity with the words to practice using them in a context and then Friday they recieve some type of assessment. 

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Melissa Oliver
Answered one year ago

I use a foldable – just a plain piece of paper fold in half –
fold in half again – find the corner that is all folds – fold it down to make a
triangle – unfold the paper.  Now you have a piece of paper with a diamond in the middle surrounded by four squares.

In the diamond write the word and an icon that represents
the word.  In one square write the dictionary definition – in one square write the definition in your own words – maybe add a sentence that uses the word correctly – in the third square put an example of what the word is not – in the last square draw a picture of the word or the word in use.  The difference
between the icon in the middle and the picture in the square is the difference
between a symbol and an illustration.

Play around with the folding and you can get two words on
the front of the page and two words on the back!

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Frances Flath
Answered one year ago

I sure love using the Frayer model. That seems to be a quick way to get answers going and to get their minds relating to words that they already know!

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jess sherwin
Answered one year ago

One of my favorite organizers is to give the students a sheet of paper with six equal size squares. In the first square, the student writes the word, in the second square a definition, in the third square a sentence, in the fourth square they draw/illustrate a picture, in the fifth square they write antonyms, and in the sixth square they write synonyms for the vocabulary word.  The student collects his/her words and then records the words on a graphic organizer which we call "word bank."  Later the student makes a new copy of the word bank by putting the words into alphabetical order.  This becomes the cover sheet for a vocabulary book.

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Kaywin Cottle
Answered one year ago

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