Ideas, Links & Sites Related to Step 5:
Discuss Terms With Others

  • Activity to Try: together as a class, in student groups, or individually, allow the students to createwordia-2.jpg meanings for words using Wordia, Animoto, Vocab Grabber and Word Central. Pick the tool that you think would work best in your classroom with your students.
    • Wordia:
      Similar to a traditional dictionary, Wordia allows users to search for the spelling, meaning and origin of a word. Wordia is unique in its ability to explore the personal connotation of a word through video. Students can even create their own video of the word meaning.
    • Animoto: Animoto allows the user to create a short video clip of a word definition using words, pictures and audio. Teachers can use the education link at the bottom of the page to subscribe to the site for free and also have the ability to create student accounts. Students must be age 13 and up to create student accounts in Animoto.

    • Word Central: Word Central has a variety of activities including games, daily buzzwords and a place to build your own dictionary. that will provide students a launchpad for discussing words and having conversations around word meanings. Teachers might want to explore this site ahead of time and then "channel" the students to the activity or task

    • Vocab Grabber from Virtual Thesaurus: This site was something
      that we had not seen at Virtual Thesaurus. Working with words, a passage can be sorted into words from different curricular areas, by frequency, by familiarity, etc. Having discussions around how the words were sorted, why they appear where they do, their meaning, their usage in the passage, etc. would be a great activity for students.

  • 21st Century Skill Addressed by This Activity: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy
  • Reading Skill Addressed: Vocabulary development & content knowledge