We reconvene our discussion about the use of hands-on activities to target our students’ understanding of the “qualities” of vocabulary words in order to enhance and expand their language skills.
Today, we focus on the quality:
Many objects have identifiable parts. Recognizing and identifying these parts helps our children and students not only better understand the objects themselves, but also recognize the similarities and differences between objects.
The activity I created to facilitate the receptive and expressive identification of the parts of objects is called Monster Mash Up.
In this game, students use their imagination to create kooky monsters using the parts (bodies, heads, hands, legs, etc.) provided. The physical manipulation of the parts helps them to understand that each part is separate but becomes part of a whole. They can verbally identify the different parts of their monster while they are creating it or after they have finished, (or both!)
Let’s look at how Suzy Speech’s paragraph about pigs grows after she plays Monster Mash Up:
To get your copy of the activity, click the link above. Then print it out, try it out, and let me know what you think!
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