Step 1: Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term.
- Use a video or computer images as a source of information
- Create an explanation using in both a linguistic and nonlinguistic manner
- SMART Notebook
- MS Word
- PowerPoint to introduce the vocab from a story or skill
- Have a guest speaker related to the term introduce the term
- Use current events to help make the term applicable to something familiar to them
- For math terms, use virtual math manipulatives
Step 2: Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words.
- Ask students to record their explanations and descriptions using a recorder or Flip Camera.
- Use a class blog to post a term and have students comment telling their explanation of the term.
- Word Map (document) or SMART Notebook
- Frayer Model SMART Board template
Step 3: Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the term or phrase.
- Play Pictionary on the SMART Board
- Use SMART Notebook to create graphic representations (ex. Addition)
- Find a picture on the Internet
- Vocabulary Log (Word doc) or SMART Notebook file
Step 4: Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
Step 5: Periodically ask the students to discuss terms with one another.
Step 6: Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play with the terms.
Good game for ELL students