Vocabulary Activities: Initial interactions with input.

Find activities below to focus on interactions with vocabulary.  Some will be pre-reading types of activities and others will be review activities.  Many of these activities can be adapted to be used with little to no preparation, especially if you use a running word wall throughout the year.

Collaborative Brainstorm – Pair students with Latin roots.  Students brainstorm all of the forms that they can come up with around one or two Latin roots.  Discover key check points in acquisition from students while creating space for student directed mini grammar lessons within a small group setting.

Salad Bowl – A low prep, low stress way to offer students a mixer like environment to create connection and communicative context to vocabulary.  This activity is best used as a community builder, a formative assessment to see if students are acquiring structures or a review game that you control more.

Target Language Connections – Synonyms and Antonyms in the target language create strong connections for learners to previously acquired words.

Word Sort Tables – Use a recent text, discussion topic or set of vocabulary structures.  Students create categories of words in groups while you roam the room.  Use as a formative assessment and a driver of compelling student centered input.