Here are a few creative ways to to spice up your student’s vocabulary understanding.
1. The Vocabulary Line Dance
– Create a list of words you want students to know in a specific unit.
– Give each student or pair of students one word.
– Have them research the word.
– The students will create a movement to go along with their word.
– Once all students are ready have them line up across from their partner forming two lines.
– Then students dance their movement down the line saying their word.
This has been one of the easiest and most fun for my students. Adding movement to the words engages different parts of the brain. I’d always get a chuckle seeing students come across the word on a test and do the movement to help them remember.
2. Vocabulary Games
There are so many vocabulary games for students to help them learn. You can find games online like this Rocks and Minerals Vocabulary Game or you can let the students make their own games. You can also find trivia game templates to add your words for a Quiz Show Vocabulary Review game.
3. Vocabulary Illustrations and Anchor Charts
Allow students to draw their understanding of the term. The student should be able to tell you about the drawing and its relationship to the word. You may want to pair one of your literal students and a creative student to create a vocabulary word wall for a specific set of terms. Students love having ownership of the classroom.