5 more words (5 más palabras)
This is my activity that solves the question students always ask when learning new vocabulary (“How do I say _____?“). It is also great for dictionary practice. Almost every time we learn new vocabulary I assign the students this activity. It is a grade in their Spanish journals, not a turn in assignment. That way they will have the words with them at all times.
This works great with vocabulary where they are given a limited number of vocabulary words such as house, family, pastimes, etc.
These are the directions given to students:
- Make a list of at least 5 words in English that are not included in your vocabulary that would be useful for this topic.
- Find the words in Spanish and write them next to the English. Use dictionaries or your phone. (Sometimes we do this as a portion of our day in the computer lab and they can use the computer).
- Share your words with at least one more student. If they have a word you think will be useful to you, copy it with your 5 More.
I have the kids pick one of their words to make an entry for a word wall so everyone can see the new vocabulary words. If the vocabulary allows, I tell them that the flashcard should have Spanish and a picture (no English). To ensure that I do not have 25 of the same flashcards on the wall, I tell the students to use the following steps:
- Choose the word you would like to share.
- Write the word on the whiteboard in Spanish.
- If the word is already there you have to pick a different one.
- Word wall flashcards must be bold and colorful to be seen from across the room.
I keep an eye on the whiteboard to make sure the word is correct. I seem to always get the verb “sink” as in ship instead of the noun “sink” for the kitchen….
Have students write a sentence for each of their new vocabulary words.
Please let me know if there are other ways you might use “5 More Words”.