February is the month I usually focus on antonyms. You may remember some of my past February bulletin boards that had an antonym theme to them. Some of my language learners still have difficulties with antonyms following 3rd grade which is when the Common Core has them listed for proficiency. A lot of my therapy materials seemed a bit childish for older students and they were tired of them by that point. I decided to create some task cards especially for them. This led me to producing task cards that were at a sentence level and using a little more advanced vocabulary then you would find in the early grades. I still include pictures because some of my students really benefit from visual cues. I like them self checking so that students can use them independently and for homework. As usual, I will post some trial cards for my readers to test out. There is a set of 12 cards.
I have a set of 40 cards at my TPT store if you find them useful and would like more. Click on the button below and it will take you directly to them.
I have been working on more categories of association task cards of late. I thought my blog readers might enjoy having something new to start the year. These are similar to the previous sets I have made but cover plants, land elements, and transportation vocabulary.
This is a sample set for you to try. It has 12 cards and the complete set at TPT has 32.
I find this vocabulary to be more difficult for elementary and have you used it with the middle school population. When you add them to the previous free sets you should have about 36 cards. If you haven’t downloaded the others you can do a search for task cards and find the others.
As many of you know, one way to build vocabulary is to develop word association skills. These are task cards to help develop that skill. When given a set of four words students compare and contrast words to find which word does not belong in the set of four (the odd one out). They then give a reason for their choice. This involves a higher level of thought process and awareness of word meanings beyond memorizing definitions.
A QRC code is provided to explain the answer given. Students can use this feature for self checking. It is possible to have more than one answer although only one answer is provided. You can download an APP on most mobile devices to scan and read the code. The reader is from http://www.qrstuff.com/
The cards also lend themselves to answering wh questions, and using negatives such as does/doesn’t in sentences. I also use them for eliciting spontaneous speech when practicing articulation.
I hope you enjoy the free download and have a Happy New Year. Thank you to all who have purchased from my TPT store and helped cover the cost of the “In Spontaneous Speech Blog.” I have gotten thanked from people in my travels and that always makes me feel like it is worth while continuing.
You can find the TPT set here.
I recently added a new resource on Teachers Pay Teachers and as usual I made a trial version for my readers to try. I used my association cards a lot last year and realized they really needed updating. I decided to add pictures to make them more appealing. I also made them double sided so that an answer could be given and QRC code could be added for reasoning. This allows students to independently check their answers and the use of technology can be motivating. The pictures are appropriate for older students so may be used beyond elementary age.
If you would like to try the free trial just click below. Association cards animal and householdtrialpdf
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My caseload includes 6th and 7th graders this year so I have had to dig out activities for older students. These are a remake of comparative cards I have used in the past. I have used them with my general education 4th and 5th graders as a speech task for articulation skills and they are able to do them. My 6th and 7th grade language learners often need review of the vocabulary and the memory component is often a challenge. I like that they are direct instruction for what is needed in academics and the common core.
My orignal set of task cards only had printed words. I decided it would be useful to provide answers so students can independently check them. This expands the ability of using them with partners if you are teaching a small class. Pictures bring some eye appeal and a bit of cuing even for the older students. I try to make the pictures appropriate for an older more sophisticated eye. Bubble heads do not go over very big with my teens.
The premise of these cards is very simple. Four items are listed along with a descriptive term. Students reorder the items according to the descriptive term. It seems simple but actually requires quite a few skills. They need to have knowledge of the vocabulary listed and descriptive details for measurement so comparisons can be made. They also need to use their short term memory in oder to change the order. The task lends itself to thinking about comparative vocabulary and using er, and est word endings. If you want to test them out, click on the button below and you will get a set of 12 task cards to try out.
The order of things free sample
If you would like a full set, I have them listed on TPT
Happy Spring everyone! We have Spring break here so I finally have time to finish a project. I have been working on this one for a while and have tried out a version of these vocabulary cards with my 4th through 6th graders. I seem to have quite a few students with low vocabulary this year. The Common Core State Standards put a strong emphasis on nonfiction, and informational text. If they have difficulty with vocabulary it affects their comprehension. The teachers are beginning to really notice with test preparation in full swing.
I had a student transfer in with a goal that referred to Tier II Vocabulary. I decided to investigated so I could address his goal. Tier II Vocabulary turned out to be those words that occur frequently in academic text. Students may find these words when reading Science, Social Studies and English text I wanted something that would make the most impact for my students and also have a way to track progress. I decided to make a list of words from Tier II vocabulary lists and then use them in the contexts of short paragraphs. This way I could also address comprehension and making inferences from text. There are two different activities. One involves describing the meaning of words and the other is answering comprehension questions. One set requires students to find the answers from given answers and the other is answering the questions and referring to the answers. The level of support can be quite flexible depending on how you cut and fold them.
The words used on my task cards are not a complete compilation and come from a variety of 3rd and 4th grade vocabulary lists. I used what made sense in the context of the paragraphs I wrote. I used a total of 106 words. A few are used more than once and cover multiple meaning. I now can write a goal for teaching Ter II Vocabulary to 80% and measure it. I love making data collection simple.
I made a trial set for you to try. It gives you an idea of what they look like up close.
If you find these fit your needs, there is a full set available on TPT, just click the button below.