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Kids seem to love the Jeopardy game as a way to review. There are even some computer programs out there that let you use your information and it will generate the Jeopardy Board for you. I have even seen one teacher create his own board with Powerpoint.
I love Jeopardy and am always trying to find ways to use it as a review. (I play Alexis Trebek and we have a good time!) I made myself a cloth board with pockets into which 3x5 cards can be inserted for whatever categories and dollar amounts (or points) I choose. For vocabulary, this is simple. Use the definitions and ask them to provide the words; use the words and ask them to provide the definitions (obviously worth more and better for words with shorter definitions); write fill-in-the-blank sentences and have them give the correct vocab word; do something with prefixes, suffixes and roots. Lots of choices and a good, recognizable competition. Have fun!
Have them make vocabulary posters. They have to have pictures to justify the definition -- it solidifes the vocab. Playing charades and pictionary in class is also a great way to review. Assigning kids specific words and telling them that they have to "be the teacher" -- making them come up with fun activities for their words usually works well also. Good luck!
I second the pictionary idea espoused in #3 - I have always found this to be a really good way of getting students familiar with new types of vocabulary. A good way of reinforcing vocabulary is to ask a student to sit at the front of the class facing away from the board. You then write a word down and the rest of the class have to make that student say the word but not using that word. It is a variation on a board game called Articulate, and can easily be adapted for a team competition. Works really well with literary terms!
This would be a great discussion question...I would be willing to bet you would get so many more responses and good ideas.
I will start you off however with this one: make a matching game with prefixes, suffixes, and roots used in health vocabulary. You could do this for teams, or for individuals to play. Each team or person would take turns picking the affix/root and its matching meaning from the turned over cards. If the chosen two cards do not match, the player does not win the pair, and the next player tries. The team or player with the most matches at the end wins. I usually offer 5 points extra credit on the test.
You might also try a version of Pictionary...most people learn new words very well when associated with a picture of some sort. Take a look at the Illustrated Word Smart books for inspiration and ideas.
I've included the link to a recent teachers' discussion on this very topic. Hope this all helps...
I would not necessarily start off with a game as it might give the wrong impression that if it is not fun, then students will not be able to learn anything. When it comes to vocabulary, I have been using "Word Power Made Easy" by Norman Lewis and I know that there is quite a lot of heath vocabulary in the book.
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