Happy Holidays, everyone! We continue to have a very Merry Christmas in the Madison household (since we're Catholic, Christmas lasts 12 days!), and I finally have time to post a few fun things we've been working on the last few months. Why not start off the new year with some fun foldables? They are easily adaptable for any subject and really help with vocabulary development. You can make a fun bulletin with them like this:
That way, not only your students, but students passing by your room will increase their vocabulary as well! I even had a few adults tell me they didn't know some of the vocabulary words that our students were using. This particular set of vocabulary foldables is for our Oregon Trail/Westward Migration unit.
On the inside of the folded paper, your students will write the word again, along with the dictionary definition of the word. This is yet another time that we practice dictionary skills, and the students already have a basic understanding of their new word from the non-fiction text that we read aloud from. If you are giving the words to your students "cold," you will probably need to help some of them decipher what the dictionary definition actually means. Last, they write a complete sentence using the new vocabulary word. I just love the sentence this student created- "I'm sorry, your brother has scurvy." I had my students take a few minutes to color their foldable and trace the pencil in colored pencil after I checked them over since we were "publishing" them in the hall.
I think your word _______ means ____________ because your picture shows ________________.
I predict that your word ________ means _________ because your picture depicts ___________.
You are correct/close, my word ______ means ___________.
The definition of my word, _______, is _______________, which means your prediction was correct/close.
With any leftover time, they read their partner's foldable aloud and then their partner reads their foldable aloud, practicing for fluency and cementing the new word in place. I start the music again, and they learn a new word.
What foldables have you used? Do you have any fun games or activities that you use them with? What other vocabulary development activities do you do? Comment, share, repost, and have a fabulous 2013!