Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Memory Game

Our 1st grade English Learners are studying Plants. We started the Unit by listening to “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. Through this non-fiction story, students gained background knowledge about the plant life cycle.
Then it was time to introduce the science vocabulary for our Plants unit. But this was no ordinary introductory vocabulary lesson. Students played the Memory game to become familiar with the vocabulary words. Students had to match word cards with corresponding picture cards.
As much as I enjoy watching the students have fun as they learn, there was a reason why this particular  game was used.  Playing word and vocabulary games is a valuable part of learning English. Using memory games in the classroom increases the amount of vocabulary exposure, but also makes students active participants of their own learning process. English Learners, especially, need more exposure and more opportunities to connect with academic vocabulary. So why not have a little fun in the process?  

Students were given a set of cards to take home so they could play with friends and family members.
Did you know that  
  • students learn through the process of playing the game? Playing games can help students understand a new concept or idea.
  • games provide a method for students to be active learners?  As an EL teacher, I know that some students need a lot of practice to really understand the vocabulary and it's meaning.
And here they thought they were just having fun!

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