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Ways to make vocabulary stick

Finding ways to help students have a deeper understanding of vocabulary is not allows an easy task. Here are a few ways to step out of your box and teach vocabulary in a new way.

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Edutopia

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary | Edutopia

Tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.

Reflection:

Students need to be exposed to words frequently to be able to use and retain their meaning. They also need to learn the words in context. Allow the students to choose their own vocabulary words from their text books/literature that is being read. Have the students to write down what they think that the words mean. Then after teaching the lesson allow the students to revisit their the meaning that they wrote down prior to the assignment. I like that this article review Marzano's steps to teaching new words. I think that it is important to occasionally to review the strategies that you are using to make sure you are teaching them accurately. I like this article because it allows student choice and talk and play.

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5 Cloze Activities to Help ESL Students Retain Vocabulary Season After Season

5 Cloze Activities to Help ESL Students Retain Vocabulary Season After Season

Make your cloze activities jump off the page and come alive!With cloze exercises at the base, your students can explore historical events, practice their restaurant lingo and even get the inside scoop.

Reflection:
This article focuses on how cloze passages can help the English Language Learner build and retain new material and vocabulary. Cloze passages are a great way to introduce new concepts and vocabulary. It offers new and fun ways to review material and words and use them in context. The lessons reinforces words and uses them in real life content. The article offers 5 lessons to help with vocabulary recall and retention of material covered. The can be altered to fit many areas of content. This is a good article to get started using cloze passages.

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Vocabulary Improvement Games & Classroom Vocabulary Games - Flocabulary

Vocabulary Improvement Games & Classroom Vocabulary Games - Flocabulary

After all the day’s planned lessons have been completed, it is not uncommon to have a few minutes to spare before the bell rings. Or, sometimes you need to divide up a long lesson with a quick,

Reflection:
This article provides 12 mini games that are fast and easy to use that could be incorporated into any content area. It is always a good idea to have a quality set of games set aside to fill gaps in your day. Games are a good way to "enhance" your student's vocabulary skills. This article provides 12 mini games that are fast and easy to incorporate into any content area.
* quick/easy to us.
* No preparation
* Easy to incorporate in any content
* Requires higher level thinking skills
*Offers mods for special needs students.

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11 Vocab Games to Make the Learning Stick - WeAreTeachers

11 Vocab Games to Make the Learning Stick - WeAreTeachers

The Vocabulary Games shares 11 fun vocab games to help students learn new vocabulary and review for tests. Get the games plus free downloads!

Reflection:
How can you help make your vocabulary instruction "stick" with your students? Make learning fun! Here are 15 card or board games that you can purchase that will enhance learning in any content area. Use them for "brain" breaks or send them home for extra practice. This is a good way to get parents involved. All of these games require more than one player Some of these games are a little expensive, so you may want to wait and buy these with next year's commissioner's money. All of the games are good at enhancing vocabulary learning but are not as easy to use as other games that you might get off of Pinterest or Teacher Pay Teachers.

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5 Ways to Make Teaching High School Vocabulary Fun and Interesting

5 Ways to Make Teaching High School Vocabulary Fun and Interesting

But how does a teacher go about engaging students in learning high school vocabulary - a subject that students may not be the most passionate about?

Reflection:
It is always a struggle to find new and exciting ways to engage struggling students. This can be especially true for older students that have lost their passion for learning. This article tell you ways to help make academic vocabulary fun to learn. It explains how to make Bingo games for content vocabulary words and playing Pictionary to draw out content words. They also suggest having the students write short stories or play to help with comprehension. I believe out of all of the suggestions in the article having the students write songs to tunes that they may already know to help them learn new words or learn new content for any subject.

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6 Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words in Your Classroom

6 Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words in Your Classroom

By using interesting and fun ways to teach vocabulary words, educators can increase student interest and help with both memorization and retention.

Reflection:
This article suggests ways to increase interest in learning new words by making learning fun and active. It encourages using as many learning styles as possible to help with "retention and memorization" of words. It suggests having students draw or create comics when learning new words. Making or viewing videos especially those that incorporate singing and dancing will also help with retention of new material. Acting out new words is a great way to incorporate the arts in their learning. I do believe that the word of the day has been over used and not very interesting to students. Great suggestions but you could use more movement to make it fun for the students.

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Teaching Strategies: 5 Ideas for Instructing Vocabulary

Teaching Strategies: 5 Ideas for Instructing Vocabulary

Teaching Strategies: 5 Ideas for Instructing Vocabulary

Reflection:

Students need to be engaged to truly retain information. Words also need to be used in real life context for complete comprehension. The article suggests using graphic organizers and/or Venn diagrams to help students visualize and organize the words to help them make sense. Out of all the strategies that it suggests the concept cube would be something that a teacher could use in any subject and change according to what the students needs. It sounds more like a game rather than an assignment. The students would draw a word card, then they would roll the dice. The student will apply the word to the concept on the dice. They suggested using concepts such as synonyms, antonyms, but you could also include homophones or parts of speech. It is up to the teacher's discretion. I believe this would be a big hit with the students.

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