Throughout our novel study of Sarah, Plain, and Tall by Patricia MachLachlan, both teacher-selected and student-selected words were placed on cards with pictures. Students can often be seen referencing the pictures with the words.
Vocabulary cards were placed on the rug, with half the class sitting on either side. As my student teacher called out definitions, one student from each team buzzed in if they knew the word. And yes, just like Taboo, kids jumped the gun & slapped the buzzer, even if they did not know the answer! (I'm sure you can imagine. . .)
If the student got the word correct, their team kept the card. The team with the most cards won. There was so much focus and students all wanted a turn, but knew they needed to help their team by knowing words and definitions. They were begging to play again! Buzzers were definitely motivating for student participation! Now I need to think of more ways to use them!
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