Any body have ideas to help make terminology fun? and help students remember?
One thing I've done in the in the past with advanced students is to hand out a terminology sheet with spaces for definitions and tell the class they have 25 minutes to look up and define all the terms. They figure out pretty quickly that dividing and conquering is the way to go, and they've typically done a good job of that, and shared by writing all the definitions on the classroom white board. This also allows me a way to make sure they're getting the right definitions (amazing what they'll write down from wikipedia/google/etc). A little teamwork/communication infused lesson, adapted from the Go-Get-It Emoment.
Hope that helps,
Thanks for the help!
Split the class into groups of 4 to 6 students and hand out index cards to the students and make a quick "Memory" game. Put the term on one card and brief, but descriptive, definition on a second. Try to keep the total number of matches in the 20 to 40 terms range or it will be way to big to fit on a table or group of desks. While they are playing, you'll find they will repeat the definition to themselves over and over without realizing it as they wait for their turn to find their match. You can sometimes substitute pictures for definitions.
There are several websites that allow you to create sets of bingo cards for free or very cheap. You provide the terms and it scrambles them into 25 to 30 unique bingo cards. The catch is you call out the definition and they must know the term and find it on their bingo card. You can use skittles or m&m's as card markers which they eat once the game is over.
I've also heard of teachers asking terminology or unit review questions in a football game format, but I never fully understood how the game worked. Perhaps some fellow teachers could chime in and fill the blanks on that one.
Thank you for the help!
I borrowed an idea from my college ed psych professor. It's called SAFMEDS: Say All Fast A Minute Each Day Shuffled. Basically, you create index cards at the beginning of the unit, then each day you take a minute to see how many you can get correct. It's supposed to help with speed and accuracy. Each day, you should get more correct the day prior. Students graph their progress. I've attached the sheet I use for intro to vet science terminology. Feel free to ask questions.
When I student taught Vet Science, we went over all of the root words, prefixes, suffixes, and their definitions. For each, the class came up with a picture that helped us to remember the definition. After we drew all of our pictures and got through all of the terms, they wrote prefixes, suffixes and root words on individual notecards--they then used the notecards (and a veterinary manual or dictionary) to make as many words as possible in 15 minutes. The class decided if the words were real or not, and the group that made the most real words won. Took three or four days, but students enjoyed the drawing and the competition!
I use the game Taboo! to review terminology. Kids make their own "taboo" cards with the term at the top of the card and words related to it below that they are also not allowed to use when describing the term. Some kids love it and others not so much but it at least helps them remember the terms better in the process of making the taboo cards.
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