Make two sets of activity cards for each table group.
Use the cards to play "concentration."
Each child picks two cards and turns them over . If the cards are the same, the student gets to name them and keep them. If they are different, the child uses them in a given sentence frame and turns them back over.
Students are exposed to a piece of literature with interesting and powerful vocabulary.
After the teacher reads through the selection the first time, the teacher asks students to identify words that elicit feelings and clear pictures in the students' minds.The teacher highlights these words as the students volunteer them. Then the teacher writes the words on sentence strips, and cuts the words apart so they are each on their own piece of sentence strip.
Then the teacher models how to choose a few of the words and puts them into a pocket chart to create a poem.
Students are placed into two circles facing each other.
The students on the inside circle each have a vocabulary card. Students on the outside circle rotate until a signal is given. They then stop, and say the vocabulary word on the card the person in the inside circle is holding.
Variation: Students say the word and use it in a given sentence structure.