ESL Vocabulary Activities:
Text Data Sets
Duration: 5-10 minutes
What you will need:
- Word Bank of Words to Sort
- Categories to Sort Words Into
- Lined Paper/Small White Boards
Students organize vocabulary words into categories.
How to Play:
- Provide students with a word bank of words to sort.
- Provide students with categories into which to sort the words. The categories can be chosen based on what you want to achieve.
- If you want students to show understanding of concepts, you may want to choose categories that have a right or wrong answer. For instance, you might provide the categories: solid, liquid, gas. You would be able to easily see whether students understand these concepts and the associated vocabulary words.
- If you want to create discussion, you can choose categories that require students to give an opinion. For instance, you might provide the categories: I like this. I don't like this. I'm indifferent. These kinds of categories spark discussion and make for a wonderful partner activity.
- Students can complete the text data set on a sheet of lined paper or on small white boards. Tip: If you don't have small white boards, you can make them out of DVD cases by replacing the paper with the movie title with a piece of white paper.
- They then can share with partners or with the class.
- Everyone is involved.
- Students moderate the activity themselves. The teacher is freed up to go around and work with individual students.
- You can create some great discussion with creative categories.
- Students show understanding of vocabulary words that they are learning.
Have you tried this activity? How did it go? Leave your comments below!