My last post described how to use vocabulary task cards. You might be wondering why you should use them. So, here are my top five reasons to start using vocabulary task cards for vocabulary instruction with your students right away...
1) They are interactive.
2) Physically touching and moving the cards around the table into different combinations with different connections is great for both kinestetic and visual learners.
3) Students develop effective communication skills when they debate, discuss and finally decide where each card should go in relation to the others.
4) Moving the cards, talking in class and playing vocabulary games with the vocabulary task cards is fun! When students are having fun in class, they engage and learn far better than when bored.
My fifth reason is maybe the most important, they work! This past year on vocabulary days, I gave my students informal (ungraded) pre and post tests. The average pre-test scores were typically 10-15% while their post-test scores averaged above 80% for the entire year across all the units! So, if you are interested in using Vocabulary Task Cards for your vocabulary instruction, please click the picture below and check them out. You can also look at this free resource to see three great vocabulary games that can be used with them!