Understanding vocabulary and terms can really help students analyze and make sense of math problems; however, it is often left out of instruction because we simply do not have time to include it in meaningful ways. During the month of April, I will share my favorite vocabulary activities with you and even introduce a couple of new ones.
Today’s activity is Vocabulary Swat It! This has been my and my class’ favorite way to review vocabulary for years! It’s a great way to review and reinforce important vocabulary and terms. It’s both engaging and fun and all of the students want to volunteer to be a swatter.
Check out a sample Swat-it! board below!
Here’s how to set it up:
1. Use an 8.5 inch x 11 inch size paper to program a 3 x 3 array with 9 vocabulary words.
2. Project the array onto your classroom whiteboard so that the students can reach all of the rectangles with a fly-swatter.
3. Ask for two volunteers to come to the front of the room and stand on the left and right side of the Swat-it! board.
4. Hand each student a fly-swatter.
5. Read a definition.
6. Students use the fly-swatter to swat the word that matches the definition.
7. The first student to swat the correct word is the winner.
Variations: If you don’t have a projector and whiteboard or just want the students to work in small groups, create small group Swat It! boards on posterboard. Then, you can read the definitions to the class as a whole, allow each duo to swat the posterboard, and then discuss the correct answer. Or, you can use the Swat It! board as a station activity and have student groups of three or more rotate swatter and reader/ checker roles.