Friday, August 17, 2007

Visual Vocabulary

Do your students have trouble learning vocabulary? develops webs connecting the word you're searching with other related words. It's subscription-based, but you can get a free trial.

Although we probably won't be subscribing, I like the concept. You and/or your students could use Inspiration or Kidspiration software when studying vocab (in ANY subject area, not just language arts) to develop similar webs. They could web definitions, parts of speech, representative pictures, synonyms, antonyms . . . whatever you want them to remember. I especially like the idea of connecting the words with pictures since our kids are often visual learners.

If it's too time consuming to do every vocab word, perhaps you could pick out a couple of the more difficult ones to be webbed.

Each student could be assigned a different word and create individual webs. The webs could be printed and displayed in the classroom. Perhaps in a small class (learning support students?), webs could be copied and distributed so each student had a web for each vocab word. Webs could be posted to a classroom blog or web site for studying at home.

Word webs could also be developed as a class using a projection system and SmartBoard.

Any other ideas out there?

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