Guess the Word!



Tip: Guess the Word!

How do I do it?
Make a list of 10-20 key vocabulary words on the board.  Write one of the words on a slip of paper and place it in an envelope.  Each table group asks a yes-no question about the word until it is guessed.  Repeat. 

Variations & Extensions
For every word guessed students must write a sentence and/or a definition of the word on their whiteboard, in their learning log, or add it to their personal dictionary.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


1 Comment


February 07, 2013

I recently went and osebrved an ELL classroom at Pleasant Lea Elementary in Lee’s Summit. One thing that I noticed was that they saw all of the same grade students at the same time. This made it easier to incorporate the classroom curriculum. I agree with Tessa and Kayla when they say this might not be as easy everywhere. In some areas with more or less ELL students this would be harder to do. If you had a ton of students all different grades, or a few students all different grades it would be hard to incorporate all of the curriculums. I do think it is important to try to incorporate the classroom curriculum with the ELL classroom. It would help the child understand specifically what is being taught in class. This is of the most importance to what they needs to learn at that point. If they understand what is being done in the classroom than they will be at their proper grade level in what they know and understand. The main thing to help learn the classroom curriculum in ELL the classroom would be to communicate with the teacher. The ELL teachers should ask the classroom teacher what they are working on or the other way around. The two teachers need to work together and be willing to help the child in both areas.

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