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Monday, October 2, 2017

No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects

Are you searching for meaningful ways to teach, review, and assess vocabulary in the core subjects?  Then I have what you're looking for in this post!

4-Square Vocabulary Template
I like to assign the Definition and Graphic part of the 4-square vocabulary for homework prior to the instruction of those concepts.  This front-loads the the information so students are reading to participate in class discussions.

Read more about how I use this technique by clicking here.

No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects: 4-Square Template




Review Games
After all the vocabulary has been thoroughly taught, we play review games from my Vocabulary Review Games Packet.


No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects: Review Games



No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects: Review Games


Other fun games to play with vocabulary:

Pictionary 


Vocabulary Bingo

No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects: Review Games




Find Someone Who:  
This technique uses a page with squares similar to bingo. In each square is a definition. The students walk around with each other and find someone who knows the right answer. That person writes the correct answer in the box with the definition and signs their name. Spend 5-10 minutes at the end for students to share the correct responses out loud.


Word Splash
Write a vocabulary word on the board and give students 10-60 seconds to write everything they can think of relating to that word.  At the end of the time, have students move to another student's paper and repeat the process with one exception:  They may not repeat write anything already written on the paper.



Vocabulary Assessments:
The template I use to assess vocabulary knowledge includes the following activities:

Fill-in-the-blank
Write the definition in your own words
Give an example/non-example
Use the word in a sentence

Read more about how I use vocabulary assessments in this post.

No-Tech Ways to Teach and Assess Vocabulary in Core Subjects: Assessment





I made a packet for the templates for the 4-square and vocabulary test. Click here to pick up a copy of my Vocabulary Instruction and Assessment Packet.


What do you use to teach, review, and assess vocabulary?  I'd love to hear your ideas!





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