About 10 years ago, I had an administrator that became infatuated with learning styles. He mandated that we give all our students a "Learning Styles Inventory" survey and spend valuable team time compiling and analyzing all that data. Once it became obvious that a large chunk of our students were categorized as visual/kinesthetic learners he gave us our decade old textbook to teach the same lessons as always with. We can do better.
Although the over-emphasis on learning styles has faded a bit lately, it is still true that visual/kinesthetic activities help a lot of students learn. 10 years ago when my administrator didn't provide us with any resources to specifically reach my almost entire classroom of visual/kinesthetic learners, I made some.
My Age of Exploration Vocabulary Task Cards are by far the most effective way I've found to teach content area vocabulary in a cooperative learning, visual/kinesthetic style. In groups, students use the cards to match terms to definitions and pictures. Once they have made those connections, they work with their partners to categorize the words into like groups to make even more connections. The cards also work well with my FREE Vocabulary Games product.
Click the link below for my Age of Exploration Vocabulary Task Cards, and the link for an earlier blog post about how to use them. Also, check out my FREE vocabulary games product and the rest of my store for other great American History Products!
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