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Learning Styles and Vocabulary


Found In: kinesthetic learning; language arts; teaching & learning; vocabulary

A colleague and I have been enjoying success in integrating different learning styles in teaching vocabulary. I have had students draw pictures to represent the idea of a vocabulary word or parts of the word. I usually assign two words to a pair of students, so they can generate ideas together and so that less capable artists are not left to their own devices. Usually the students also write a caption, not using the vocabulary word. The students present their pictures, and the class guesses which word is being illustrated.

It is great review, a chance to work with a partner, and involves visual and spatial learners. For kinesthetic learners, we have used charades, having them act out words, or combinations of words, for their team. The students have responded positively and have started to use the words more often in their writing.

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