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