Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring into vocabulary!!

I know spring is officially here... but ughh! It doesn't feel like it. I'm so ready to be knee deep in tulips, warm weather, sunshine.... and spring vocabulary games!

I've recently produced and prepped a set of vocabulary games to use with my students after spring break. They feature spring-themed clip art that is sure to brighten up any speech room! I'm really excited to use these and wanted to share the activities with you today.
This Spring Vocabulary Games packet can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, here.

The first game is Multiple Meaning Monsters! Students draw a card and provide two different meanings for the selected word. If they find an Easter egg they get to take an additional turn. The student with the most cards wins!
Aren't those monsters just to die for?! I think they are absolutely precious!

The next vocabulary game is a Hunt for Antonyms! Students must hunt for antonyms by matching up eggs with their basket. I plan on laying out all of the baskets on the table and hiding all of the eggs. Students can go on an "egg hunt" then return to the table to match up their antonyms.
Nothing says spring like a cute little birdie! This packet includes 24 analogy cards. Analogies are a great way to not only work on vocabulary, but also critical thinking and problem solving.
Lastly, students will have a hoot working on synonyms with these silly owls. This game is played just like memory. Flip all of the synonym cards over on the table and have students hunt for matches. Memory games are super engaging for students. The occasional game of memory is always enjoyed in my speech room!
Lastly, this packet also includes a Bunny Trail reinforcing game board. It can be used in conjunction with any activity to give it a springtime boost!

Do you love vocabulary as much as I do? I would highly recommend adding Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel L. Beck to your professional library. I read and loved the 2002 version a few years ago. Recently a second edition has been released and I'm so excited to order it! My to-read list gets longer all the time - thankfully, I only have 4 more days until Spring Break! My stay-cation will be featuring lots of great books.
What are your favorite vocabulary resources/books/games?


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