ESL Vocabulary Activities:
Duration: 5-10 minutes
What you will need:
- 1 Set of Letter Tiles for Every 1-2 Students
- Bananagrams Tiles Work Well for This
- You Can Also Grab a Printable Set of Alphabet Tiles (See Below)
In groups of 2, students choose a word from the list of vocabulary words. They race to spell that word using Bananagram Tiles or the letter tiles print-off you can find below. Whoever finishes spelling the word correctly first wins a point.
How to Play:
- Print off the letter tiles you need or pour out the letter tiles from a Bananagrams pouch.
- In groups of 2, students choose a word together from a vocabulary list.
- They can both look at how the word is spelled until both of them are ready.
- When both students are ready, they cover the spelling word list or turn it over, and they then say "1, 2, 3, go!"
- The two students race to spell the word.
- After both students have finished spelling the word, they can check their answer by looking at the vocabulary word list.
- If both students spelled it correctly, then the first person to have finished wins the point, otherwise, the person who spelled it correctly wins the point.
- Students can keep track of points by using a scrap piece of paper or counters (i.e. beans, fake coints, etc).
- Alternative: students leave words they have spelled on the table and add consecutive words to the already existing words on the table, a little like Scrabble.
- Paths to Fluency Members: Check out this article for how to practice vocabulary together as a group.
- Groups of 2 keep everyone very involved.
- Students moderate the activity themselves. The teacher is freed up to go around and work with individual students.
- Students use a method called "spaced repetition" which means they are required to remember something when they have almost--but not quite--forgotten. This method has been written about in many books and articles like this one published on Farnam Street.
Need Alphabet Tiles?
Grab a printable set of alphabet tiles below!
Have you tried this activity? How did it go? Leave your comments below!