Fast forward 15 years and I am at a much different place, as is to be expected. I have found that short, but frequent, bursts of recycled vocabulary are all students really need (assuming you are exposing them to a variety of authentic readings, videos, songs, etc) - if you teach the vocabulary well the first time. Vocabusorts are my favorite way to recycle old vocabulary because they are quick, low prep, flexible exercises that differentiate themselves.
Here is a link to a FREE SAMPLE of Vocabusorts:
Vocabusorts FREE SAMPLE
Here are the Full-Length products which contain 30 Vocabusorts each:
Vocabusorts: Nouns & Verbs (Spanish Version) - Category titles are in Spanish (better for Spanish III & Up)
Vocabusorts: Nouns & Verbs (English Version) - Category titles are in English (better for Spanish I or II)
Here are some different ways they can be used:
1. Take a current vocabulary list and ask students to break all the words from their current list into the 4 categories.
2. Do not restrict their vocabulary use and allow them to put any words that they know into the 4 categories. Typically, I set a timer for 5-7 minutes this. Any longer than that and the likelihood of getting words that they really know and can use decreases.
3. Give the same Vocabusort at the beginning, middle and end of the year. Count the number of words on each to show progress and get some data.
4. After the students have put their own words down, ask them to meet with a partner to enhance their categories, maybe even 2 or 3 other students.
5. Use the resulting lists as a starting point for a small writing assignment. The category topics become the theme of the story and students use the vocabulary identified in the plot. This is great with partners (the stories tend to be more creative). Then, have students illustrate their stories on a separate paper (comic book style) and use it as a speaking activity for another class and vice versa.
The possibilities are endless! Do you have idea of how you would use Vocabusorts in your classroom? Leave a Comment Below!