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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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.
I use Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® curriculum with many of my students. One of the concepts that is explored in this curriculum is “I have thoughts about you and you have thoughts about me.” In other words, people are always thinking about each other and they may have comfortable or uncomfortable thoughts depending on their actions. This may affect how they treat individuals in the future. People want to be with people they are comfortable with and have good thoughts about. They may avoid those that don’t make them feel comfortable. Therefore being able to tell the difference between what is expected behavior in given situations and what is unexpected can help us when making and keeping our friends. You can find more information on her concepts at http://www.socialthinking.com/
I needed a good set of task cards to review actions that students may do or observe others do. You may find them useful if you are teaching from this curriculum. They are double sided with an unexpected behavior on one side and a matching expected behavior on the other side.
I put the cards in a draw bag. The students reached in and drew a card out, and placed it on the table. They then decided if the side facing up was an expected behavior or unexpected. They talked about how the actions make them feel. If the unexpected is presented first, students can talk about what they think the expected behavior would be on the other side.
Students checked their answers by using the Top Secret UV light which I got at our book fair. I put a U or and E in the box for them to check. There is also a QR code for those who would prefer to use a scanner. My students find this motivating and they can self check if they are working in small table groups.
The draw bag is an easy thing to make. I took a sleeve off an old sweater and sewed across the bottom. The cuff makes a nice finished opening and the bag is stretchy. It has got to be the easiest bag I have ever made.
In my TPT packet, there are 28 expected cards and 28 matching unexpected cards side by side. They are meant to be printed on card stock, cut on the horizontal lines and folded back to make a double sided card. I put a box on each card so I could write with my UV light pen a U or E in the box. Students can light the answer up. I also put a QR code for those who like that option. The QR code is from http://www.qrstuff.com/. When scanned it will read expected or unexpected to correspond to the side it is on.
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