Welcome back, friends!
The holiday season is upon us! As we decorate our homes and turn up the tunes, let’s wrap up our discussion of using qualities to help our children and students describe and better understand new vocabulary. Today we will first discuss:
As with categories, function, appearance, composition, and parts, describing where something belongs helps our children and students to better and more deeply understand and, thus, correctly use new vocabulary words.
Our FREE activity this week is called Where Do I Belong?: A Location Learning Game.
Preparation is extremely simple. Print out the scenes and picture cards, and cut out the picture cards. Laminate pieces if desired for durability.
Use is just as simple: have your kiddo sort the picture cards onto the scene they “belong” in!
To control the level of difficulty, you can start with 1 scene at a time and give your student 1 picture card at a time. To increase the level of difficulty per the student’s skill level, give the student 2, 3 or 4 scenes at a time and let him/her choose 1 picture card at a time from a mixed pile.
Remember how Suzy Speech’s paragraph looked last:
Now, after playing Where Do I Belong? Suzy’s paragraph looks like this:
Finally, we can ask our kids if they know:
to see if there are any other special things they know about the vocabulary word. For example, when we ask Suzy if there is anything else she knows about pigs, she finishes her paragraph like this:
Keep in mind, we’re assuming Suzy Speech is a first grader. Yes, a first grader can learn this much about a vocabulary word. Can you imagine a first grader creating a paragraph like this little by little? Adding to it after each activity session with something else she learned about her vocabulary word? How incredibly proud would you be?!
Click on the link above. Print out the activity. Try it out. Give your kiddos the opportunity to EXPAND their language and, in doing so, better communicate with YOU and their FRIENDS and their TEACHERS! Aaaand . . . let me know what you think! 😉
This concludes the Expanding Language series!
Until next time! Happy teaching!
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