The last of Dr. Marzano's 6 Steps to Vocabulary Instruction is to play games with the terms. Even though this is the sixth step doesn't necessarily mean it has to come last - it can be done concurrently with the other steps. In fact, it has been my experience that when entwined throughout a unit, the different steps scaffold each other and keep students excited about learning content vocabulary.
I love playing games in class. Middle schoolers are nothing if not competitive, and often times say, "Wait, I'm learning..." after our games. These are some of my favorite vocabulary games to use in class...
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