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- Reasoning Skills
To learn new words, students need practice with both definitions and contextual sentences. Strategies for learning unknown words such as learning definitions are part of every teacher’s vocabulary lesson plans.
Teachers also should provide vocabulary instruction before reading in order to build background. Content-specific vocabulary is crucial to understanding historical, technical and scientific text. Once students are explicitly and intentionally taught vocabulary words, they can then play interactive games with the words.
How to teach: To make vocabulary practice and review fun, students can independently practice vocabulary using the interactive learning activity MatchIt Definitions. Teachers can assign this game during literacy centers or for homework.
Upon completion, students receive immediate feedback and are required to correct mistakes before ending the learning activity. The object of MatchIt Definitions is for students to end the game with knowledge of the definition that correctly and accurately describes each word. MatchIt Definitions is excellent for building vocabulary skills. It also builds logic and reasoning skills by requiring students to find the best solution using a process of elimination. MatchIt Definitions is available as an online activity or as a printable worksheet.
Teaching Tip: Use MatchIt Definitions as a review before a vocabulary test. Rotate this learning activity through centers and assign for homework. Create review lists of previously missed words and let students play MatchIt Definitions to keep words in long-term memory.