A great way to build vocabulary is to develop word association skills. These cards are similar to the animal association cards but use sports and occupation vocabulary. When given a set of four words students compare and contrast words to determine which word does not belong in the set of four (the odd one out). They then give their reason for their selection. This involves a higher level of thought process and awareness of word meanings beyond memorizing definitions.
The cards lend themselves to a variety of goals to include building vocabulary through word associations skills, answering wh questions, and using negatives such as does/doesn’t in sentences. They may also be used for eliciting spontaneous speech when practicing articulation at a conversation level. I am finding them appopriate for 5th through 8th grade.
I am posting a set of 12 cards for you to try out. Just click on the free trial button and it will bring you to the link for the free download. If you find them useful, please consider purchasing the full set at Teachers Pay Teachers. Your purchases help off set the cost of this blog.
The full set at Teachers Pay Teachers consists of a total of 48, 2 x 3 inch double sided cards; Included are 32 sports cards, and 16 occupation cards. To make more durable cards print them on card stock. They are double sided card with a front and back. The front side provides the word association task and the back side provides the answer. Students may use the QRC code to get a confirmation of their reasoning. You can download an APP on most mobile devices to scan and read the code.
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