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Transcript of Vocabulary
Oxford English Dictionary defines vocabulary as; the body of words used in a particular language.
At the middle school level, a student's vocabulary is rapidly changing each time a student interacts with another individual. It is more important to teach students the process of how to find the meaning of new words rather than rote memorization of vocabulary words. This is a skill that students will use the rest of their academic and working careers.
Kick me is a vocabulary game that involves no kicking! Students start the game with a sign on their back (like a "kick me" sign) that has a vocabulary word on it. Students must then ask a series of questions to determine what their word is. This game involves collaboration, questioning, critical thinking and reasoning skills. This is a constructivist approach to teaching because the activity is student-centered and involves collaboration and critical thinking.
Personal Vocabulary Dictionary
List of middle school vocab words:
Children's Dictionary options:
Vocabulary Word of the Day
Students would keep a personal vocabulary dictionary to record new vocabulary words that they learn each day in class or at home. The dictionary would include the new word and a definition of the word that the student generated based on a definition found in a dictionary. This strategy would take a constructivist approach to education by allowing the students to collaborate with one another to learn new words, but keeping the strategy student centered. The students would practice looking up the meaning of a word using different sources which is an important life skill. Also, this strategy would require critical thinking for the student to come up with a definition using their own words.
Each day, a different vocabulary word is chosen as the "word of the day". Students will be given a graphic organizer that asks them to write the word, a definition, draw a picture, and write a sentence. This graphic organizer could be completed with a pencil and paper or electronically. Students are expected to work independently, but when they are all finished the word will be discussed as a group. This is a constructivist approach because students are expected to construct their own meaning of the word before the teacher will go over the word with them.
Using Context Clues
Students can be taught to use context clues to decode words that they do not know the meaning of. This takes a constructivist approach to education by having students construct knowledge based on what they know about context clues.
Types of context clues:
Context Clues Practice:
Break down of using context clues:
Context Clues Quiz:
Give 'em a Hand
Students will be given a cut out of a hand with a vocabulary word written on the back. When given the hand, students will write a sentence using the word on the palm, synonyms on three of the fingers, an antonym on one of the fingers, and the definition of the word on the pinky. This strategy uses a cognitive approach because the students are given concrete prompts and will require modeling by presenting the material in small steps.
Graphic organizer & instruction sheet:
Synonym Search Engine
Antonym Search Engine
online dictionary resource:
List of middle school vocabulary words:
Children's Dictionary options:
Tips for Asking Good Questions:
For Sharing all of the Words:
Vocab BINGO as a Follow Up