Tip: Point it Out
How do I do it?
To develop and assess content vocabulary comprehension at all levels of proficiency, pass out copies of a setting under study, like a park, doctor's office, rainforest, ancient town etc. (You can also use scenes in many picture dictionaries) and direct students to point at vocabulary as you say it. You can ask questions about the vocabulary as well as make the clues more difficult, like, "Point to a structure with right angles" or "Who has the most decision-making power in this scene?" etc.
Variations & Extensions
Give students small strips of sticky notes that they can use to label parts of the scene. Pair students, place a visual barrier between them and have them take turns directing their partner to place a sticky note on various items in the scene (for example, “Put a post-it in the emergent layer of the rainforest.” or “Cover up all of the meats in the grocery store scene.” etc. After 3-10 minutes, have them take down the barrier to notice any differences in their scenes and direct them to discuss the language they used. Continue play taking turns.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices foe meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 6
Adapt speech to a variety of context and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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