Students list any "cloudy" (heard it before, but not sure what it means) and "don't know" (never seen or heard of it) words on their whiteboards. I then write the words on sentence strips and put them on our vocabulary word wall.
Over the course of the unit or chapter, we complete vocabulary/word study activities with these words. After the unit test is complete and all words have been thoroughly practiced, I give a vocabulary test. Below is a template that I use and just change the words in the word bank.
The template includes the following activities:
Write the definition in your own words
Give an example/non-example
Use the word in a sentence
I left the words and definitions in the template for your reference. You will just need to change them.
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