Exploiting my resource-FULL-ness
I do like a bargain! I also like a challenge and most recently I have been trying to see just how many ways I can think of to use my French and Spanish vocabulary cards that you’ll find in the majority of the lovelanguage.co.uk topics. Up until this morning I had come up with 14 uses (and that’s not including how you can change the skill focus by using them in a different format…). This list can be found on the All About Me membership pages and is sold with each pack of vocabulary cards on TES.
I did say "Up until this morning...", didn't I?
Well, I’ve had another brainwave/genius moment and to be quite honest it’s going to take me forever to change all the vocabulary card packs on TES so I thought I’d share it all with you here as number one in my top five ways to use my vocabulary cards.
But first, just in case you’ve not seen my vocabulary card packs, this is what’s included:
- Exploiting the vocabulary cards – 14+ uses
- Basic vocabulary list (aimed at non-language specialists so don’t be offended it’s too obvious for you)
- Vocabulary cards in three formats:
- Image only
- Vocabulary only
- Image and vocabulary
The packs cost between £2.00 – £4.00 each and buying the bundle with 16 topics costs £25.00 (saving over a third!).
Number 1: Sequences
This involves another resource (I’ve created three of them for each language free to download at the end of this post) for you to use with the vocabulary cards. Pupils can work individually or in pairs or groups and use the sequencing cards to tell them which order to put the cards in.
For each topic there are six sequencing cards (three in English and three in the foreign language), you just need to decide which works best for your class.
Number 2: Pairs
* Two packs of cards (same format or mix the formats) face down, take turns in turning two over to try to form a pair.
Last year I spent an hour a week working one on one with an autistic boy at my school. After weeks of struggling to find something to get him motivated I needed a filler activity and quickly made some vocabulary cards to play pairs with. They were gold! His memory skills really came into their own and he was absorbing vocabulary like nothing I’ve seen before. He also thrashed me at every single game. It wasn’t even close.
Number 3: Kim's game
* Lay the image cards out face up. Once pupils have had a good look at them, cover them with a sheet and remove one. Pupils then have to guess which has been removed in the foreign language.
I like this because I’m rubbish at it. I don’t know how my brain is wired but it’s a skill I’ve yet to develop. I guess it’s to do with my worrying observation skills (it once took me days to notice my husband had changed the curtains in the lounge…). But this is the exact reason it’s a hit with my classes. They LOVE to be better than me at something. And boy do they rub it in!
Number 4: Picture this
Again, drawing is not my strong point but that’s where the pupils can take over. They choose a vocabulary card and have to draw what is written on it on the board while the other pupils guess in the foreign language. Sometimes they can be a bit reluctant but once they’ve seen my attempt at drawing a bicycle they realise they’re not the worst artist in the room!
Number 5: Beat the clock
Pupils take a pack of cards, set a timer for 30 seconds and try to identify as many pieces of vocabulary as possible in that time. This can then be done over and over again to try to increase the number of words correctly identified.