Book Vocabulary Bingo

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I felt that the vocabulary Bingo game I created for the Inauguration went extremely well. The Flash (aged 5) had to carefully listen for high-level words during Obama’s speeches. These words included: nation, economy, peace, conflict, compromise, responsibility. Although he does not understand all of their meanings, he will hopefully tune into them more in conversation and learn them faster than his peers, due to increased exposure.

I tweaked the bingo game this week at work so that I could use it with speech groups. Here’s how it worked:

1. My students and I chose some difficult (and some easy) words from the book Snowmen at Night.

2. We wrote the vocabulary words onto different squares on our blank bingo boards using this template.

3. I read the book aloud. Every time one of our words was read, the students yelled out the word, and covered it with a Bingo chip.

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Try this activity with the book of your choice to improve vocabulary and have some fun!

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  1. I love that idea! You could also do something similar with Boardmaker and use pics with the words to increase literacy and language in nonverbal kiddos. Thanks for sharing your creativity:) I’m heading out to a workshop in Denver next Friday–“The Roots of Literacy, Play & Language” with Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP. Hopefully I’ll have something to share from that when I return. She is the developer of the Play Scale and I’m excited to hear how she ties her play into literacy. Need some fresh ideas!!

  2. That’s a great idea! I am wondering if I could do something similar with phonics and my three year-old.

  3. Great idea! You can also call out definitions of words or you can have fill in the blank sentences of the bingo word. 🙂

  4. LOVE IT!!! I am going to do this with Nick this weekend…I will let you know how it goes!!

    Thanks for all of your brilliant ideas……it makes learning a little more fun!!

  5. What a great vocabulary and comprehension builder.

  6. I’m definitely going to try vocabulary bingo with my children!

  7. We just found this book this winter and Cavett loves it! He loves that the snowmen come alive! Thanks for linking up this week!

  8. This is a great idea! I have a friend who is really desperate for new ideas to use with her daughters. She will LOVE this.

    You can have a lot of fun with this. And, any time you can mix learning with a game, all the better!

  9. I like this book – I usually do a unit on snow – then I freeze three balloons full of water and we build a snow-ice snowman.
    very fun – helps the children experience the cold, white snowman
    since I am a california girl and we have very little experience with snow.

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