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Picture This: Student Created Online Vocabulary Flashcards

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Picture This: Student Created Online Vocabulary Flashcards

Grades 7 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Student Objectives

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

Session Four

Extensions

Student Assessment/Reflections

 

STUDENT OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  • demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words by linking images and definitions.
  • create a set of vocabulary flashcards.

 

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Session One

  1. To help the students understand the effect having a visual image can have on vocabulary, project on the whiteboard the new vocabulary words for which you created a set of flashcards or from the set of flashcards you have chosen from the website to use, such as this sample.  Give students time to look over the list and ask them to write down definitions for as many as they can.
  2. Project on the board the set of sample flashcards.  After each image is projected, ask the students if the picture changed their ideas about the definition.  Then flip the card (at the bottom of the screen) to compare their ideas to the actual definition. Discuss how visual images can help in learning new vocabulary words as well as remembering these words.
  3. Explain to the students they will be creating flashcards with images to teach their classmates about vocabulary of reading section prior to the class reading that section.
  4. Hand out the Flashcard Rubric and invite students as a class to evaluate the sample set of flashcards.
  5. Distribute the list of vocabulary words to the students and assign each student at least four vocabulary words.  Discuss the following:
    • Explain that the lists include context clues from the text that the class will be reading.
    • Based on the contextual clues, students will determine the part of speech.  This will help them find the correct definition in the dictionary.
    • Some words might be difficult to find pictures to illustrate, so students may need to think creatively.
    • Students must be able to justify their choice of images for words.
  6. Using either dictionaries or the dictionary websites listed, give students time to define the words on their individual lists.  As students work, check that students have selected the appropriate meaning for those words that have more than multiple meanings.  Also, help students who have trouble determining the part of speech.
  7. Assign the class to complete their definitions before Session Two.

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Session Two

  1. Check that all students have completed the definitions for their words.
  2. Model for students how to find images for their flashcards and where to save these images on the computers.
  3. Allow students time to find images.  Assist those students who might have difficulty finding images to illustrate their vocabulary words.
  4. Hand out the printout Flashcard Machine Instructions.  Model for the students how to create their set of flashcards.
  5. Allow students time to create their flashcards.  Check for the following:
    • As students work, help those who need extra assistance.
    • Ask students to explain how their images match their words.
    • Check for correct spelling.
    • Note student time on task as that is a category of the rubric.
  6. Remind students that they are using an online tool so that they can work on their flashcard set on any Internet-connected computer.  Assign the class to complete their flashcards before Session Three.

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Session Three

  1. Divide the class into pairs.  Give the students time to evaluate each other’s set of flashcards using the printout Flashcard Rubric.
  2. Invite students to make any changes to their flashcard set after the evaluation.
  3. Post the URL of each set of flashcard to the class wiki, blog, or website.  If possible, post the URLs in the order of the unit so that the first URL corresponds with the first vocabulary words the students will encounter in the literature unit or novel.
  4. Show students where to find the class wiki.  Hand out the printout Creating a Study Session and model for the students how to link their sets of flashcards together so that they can study all or some of the lists at one time.
  5. Remind students they will be able to access their flashcard study session for practice from any Internet-connected computer so that this tool.
  6. Have the student(s) who created flashcards for the first section of reading share the flashcard set(s).  As the students see the flashcards, tell them to fill out the vocabulary list.
  7. Assign the students the first section of reading.  Before each reading section, have the students share the vocabulary words that they will encounter in the next reading assignment. Remind students to complete their vocabulary list as they view their classmates’ flashcards.
  8. Suggest students study the new vocabulary words and add them to their study sessions after each reading assignment.

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Session Four

  1. This session takes place after all students have presented their flashcards.
  2. Have students access their Flashcard Machine account.  Ask students if they have created their study sessions.  Assist those who need to add other sets of flashcards to their favorites.  Allow time for students to review the flashcards.  Tell them to flag each card so that they can then use the Quiz Me button on the website.
  3. After students have had ample time to quiz themselves and practice the vocabulary words, ask students to reflect on this experience of learning vocabulary.  Ask some of the following questions:
    • How often did the students access the flashcards outside of class?
    • Did having images help learn definitions
    • Have the students created flashcards for other content areas after making this set?

 

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EXTENSIONS

  • On the definition side of the flashcards, ask students to write original sentences that illustrate the definition.
  • Let the students create crossword puzzles of the vocabulary words using the student interactive Crossword Puzzles to review the vocabulary list as a whole.
  • Suggest students create flashcards for vocabulary from content areas.
  • Print the flashcards and create a bulletin board.  Invite students to contribute additional examples of the vocabulary words found online and in the world outside the classroom.
  • Now that students know how to use this online tool, provide the students the opportunity to create flashcards for the next reading selection.
  • Have students create flashcards for a variety of categories using the RWT Trading Cards Mobile App.

 

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STUDENT ASSESSMENT/REFLECTIONS

  • Before the students work on the flashcards, check that they have correctly identified the part of speech and selected the appropriate meaning for each vocabulary word.
  • Evaluate each student’s set of flashcards using the Flashcard Rubric.
  • Question students about their image choices as they work on their flashcards.
  • Assess students on the vocabulary words.
  • Note how well students stayed on task and how well they worked together in pairs.
  • Ask students to reflect on the usefulness of the flashcards sets.  Question students to see if they used the flashcard sets outside of the classroom to learn the vocabulary words.

 

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