I love teaching vocabulary, and utilize at least some of Marzano's 6 Steps for Vocabulary Instruction everyday. One of my favorite games (which is Marzano's sixth step) is vocabulary bingo. Here's how it works:
I post word wall tiles (click here to see a the ones I use for ancient Greece) on my wall throughout the school year. The result is that by the end of the year, students constantly see and remember all of our content vocabulary for the whole year. I also have written each of the vocabulary words on an index card. I carry the stack of cards around with me all the time to use a filler questions while slower workers are catching up or to quiz students in the hallway. I use both for these activity.
HINT - If you want to do this at a point in the year where you don't have 25 or more words yet, you can do it with a 3x3 grid too, it just goes faster.
If you don't have content area word wall tiles, and would like some, or would like to see what mine are like click the link below. Or, if you're looking for other great social studies resources, be sure to visit and follow my TpT store!
I try to infuse some aspect of vocabulary instruction into everything I do in my classroom. Almost every day begins with an A-B partner vocabulary review of the current unit's vocabulary terms as a warm up. Each interactive note presentation includes a "focus vocabulary" section at the beginning. I quiz early finishers on vocab terms while slower workers catch up on note taking, and while papers are being passed out. I even quiz students in the hallway using note cards between classes.
Today, though, I want to share a different, more static, vocabulary resource with you. Today, I'm going to highlight my Ancient Greece Vocabulary Word Wall Tiles. These 14 tiles display 14 vocabulary terms about ancient Greece, the definitions of those terms and a picture that are identical to those they practice with using my Ancient Greece Vocabulary Task Card resource. These are great to build a word wall with throughout the school year using the tiles from other time periods too!
The words are included in this set are:
Okay, I'll admit it. I've become a little addicted to using Blooket as a review tool in my class.
So, I decided to try something new to change it up a little - BINGO!
We had completed our atlas pages for the unit we were working on and my students had about 12 locations to learn for an upcoming map quiz, so I came up with this easy, low-prep way to do it!
To prolong the game, we had multiple winners - 3 in a row, 4 corners, and whole board.
I also adapted this game to a full 5x5 BINGO version to practice vocabulary terms with using the same procedure listed above (except with no map). My students really enjoy it, and it's a great change of pace from more flashy electronic games.
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