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LC Module: WordTech Connections

“The importance of direct vocabulary instruction cannot be overstated. Vocabulary provides essential background knowledge and is linked to academic achievement.” (Marzano, 2014)
“Research conducted in the past ten years reveals that vocabulary knowledge is the single most important factor contributing to reading comprehension.” (Laflamme, 1997 as stated perfectlearning.com, n.d.)
“Challenging and strategic games provide a forum for initiative and leadership, reasoning, and problem-solving and is a great way to memorize information. They make learners focus and concentrate, which are essential ingredients in developing creative thought.” (US Dept. of Human Services, 2013)

30 MIN

GC128 – WordTech Search – Mystery Relay Game

GC128-S6 – WordTech Search – Mystery Relay Game – As directed, Alexa or Instructor will guide through set up and playing the Word Search Mystery Relay Game. Relay teams will be directed to replicate their Word Search document onto a large poster and cover with clear laminate paper for multiple use. if available. They will use another poster board as a cover sheet before the game begins. Next, each term will create a Technical Term Definition Card Table to accompany their poster. Last, teams will challenge each other in completing each other’s word search poster and locate accompanying definition. All game prep instructions, rules and resources are available in the Word Search Mystery tool.

10 MIN

GC127 – WordTech Search – Mystery Exchange Game Tool

GC127-S4 – WordTech Search – Mystery Exchange Game – As directed, before beginning the reading assignment, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class, to conduct a word preview by searching the text or reviewing a ready-made list of technical terms and definitions. These technical terms will be used as the basis for creating a word search puzzle using the word search grid provided. Students will exchange their word search puzzle with an opposing partner or team. In return, the opposition will provide a word search creation back to be solved. A timekeeping device will be used to determine who solves the puzzle the fastest. A Player List is created by listing the name and finish time per participant. The winner is determined when definitions have been given for all terms using participant random drawings. (However, if more than one player remains in good standing after all terms have all been played, the Player’s List will be referenced. The list will determine the champion by providing who previously solved their puzzle the fastest.)

30 MIN

GC126 – WordTech – Crossword Exchange Tool

GC126-S5 – WordTech Crossword Exchange – As directed, before beginning the reading assignment, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class, to conduct a word preview by searching the text or reviewing a ready-made list of technical terms and definitions. These Technical Terms and definitions will be used as the basis for creating a crossword puzzle using the crossword puzzle grid provided. Students will exchange puzzle with a partner or small group, who will in turn provide a word puzzle creation back to be solved. A timekeeping device may be used to determine which individual/team can solve their puzzle the fastest.

30 MIN

GC125 – WordTech – Toss the Word Game Day Tool

GC125-S4 – WordTech Toss the Word – After a four-step preparation process, and sharing of rules, Alexa or Instructor will lead the students in preparing for the Toss the Word Game by dividing into teams and selecting a Game Prep Facilitator per team. Each team will receive a portion of the terms and create a 11” by 17” term sign and three playing term cards for each term. Then, Alexa or Instructor will have each team member draw their team roles – Score Keeper, Game Monitor, Time Keeper, Team Member or Substitute. Next, each team will draw their Team Task Card indicating the task they perform during play (Clue Giver or Clue Receiver) and when it is their turn to represent the team and play the game. Last, Alexa or Instructor will provide the first-round set-up and rules of the game.

30 MIN

GC124 – WordTech – Matching Game Tool

GC124-S3 – WordTech Matching Game – In a simple three-step process, before reading, Alexa or Instructor will lead students in the process of setting up and playing the Matching Game. First, students will secure a list of technical terms and definitions and write each term on a two by four cards and the definition on a separate card. Next, each team will shuffle their cards and lay on a flat surface in two or more rows. Then, Alexa or Instructor will provide the rules and the game will proceed. When a match is completed, player will restate the definition in his or her own words, remove the matching cards from play and receive one point. Player or team with the most matches is the winner of the game.

20 MIN

GC123 – WordTech – Speed Pic Charades Tool

GC123-S4 – WordTech Speed Pic Charades – In playing Speed Pic Charades, as directed, for study purposes, Alexa may have students first create your own set of Tech Term Flash Cards by writing each new technical term and definition on the front of a 3 by 5-inch square card or an index card. Then, students will draw a simple picture of the technical term on the back of the card using stick people for their pics. Next, one set of individual terms will be put on term squares and place in a container provided to create be used for a class tournament. Tournament teams will be created. A flip chart, scoresheet and timekeeping device will be secured. Alexa will provide the rules of the game.

20 MIN

GC122 – WordTech – Word Discovery Tool (Reading Journal)

GC122-S3 – WordTech Discovery – Word Discovery involves some word manipulation by associating with prior knowledge as a last step to create a strong, long-lasting connection. In a simple process, before reading, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class, to conduct a “Word Preview” by reviewing all the new vocabulary words. After discovering the book’s definition, for the last step, students will complete a sentence sharing a reminder or memory that personally aligns with each definition.

20 MIN

GC121 – WordTech – Visionary Tool (Reading Journal)

GC121-S4 – WordTech Visionary – In a four-step process, Alexa or Instructor will lead students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class, to conduct a ”Word Preview” by scanning the reading material and writing down each new term on a separate index card, notebook paper (folded vertically) or a half sheet of paper. Next, students will be directed to write a common definition of the term, then, write the definition again in context of the lesson and identify something similar or familiar to this term. Last, students will be directed to create a Technical Term Visionary index card file by drawing a picture of the definition on the backside of each card or paper.

10 MIN

GC120 – WordTech – Reword Tool (Reading Journal)

GC120-S3 – WordTech Reword – In a simple process, before reading, Alexa or Instructor will guide students, individually, with a partner, in a small group and/or class, to conduct a “Word Preview” by reviewing all the new vocabulary words. After discovering the book’s definition of the new vocabulary words, student will review and summarize in their own words, noting the context of how it is being used within the reading lesson.

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