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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Active Word Strategies with Word Lanyards

As I mentioned in this post, I wanted to share some of the best ways to incorporate some movement and active ideas into content vocabulary instruction from the book Word Nerds by Overturf, Montgomery, and Smith. One of my favorites was Vocabulary Lanyards.

Vocabulary Lanyards have the students wear a vocabulary word, synonym, or antonym in a clear plastic container on a lanyard. Students receive a different word each day, but they might have to switch words during the day so that they are responsible for knowing more than just the word they wear.

*It goes without saying that you would have to teach and model appropriate uses of their lanyards and to respect and take care of them.

Throughout the day, you would have activities related to the words. For instance, line them up with...."If you are wearing the word that means _____________, then line up, or "If you are wearing the word that means the opposite of the word that means ____________, line up.

Another idea presented was to have them find classmates with related synonyms and antonyms and huddle up in the classroom.

These are just a few of the ideas, but a good start to see if it is something you would be interested in pursuing.

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