Sunday, May 15, 2016

Connect & Manipulate Vocabulary

 
Here's a terrific way to engage students in vocabulary review.  Each cube has four vocabulary terms. Each term connects to an adjacent term. 

Russell Levine, an AP World teacher, created a puzzle like the one above, for each unit in AP World history. He created three sheets, each with 3 rows of 4 cubes ( 48 vocabulary terms) all connected. He also created a page of edges. They are the sheets with the diamonds above. 

I printed out the sheets, cut them into separate cubes, mixed them up and gave them to student groups to put together.  Students were a little daunted at first with over 100 terms to connect.  But within five minutes, they were making connections.

My AP kids loved the puzzles and seemed to be totally engaged.

I started creating a puzzle for my World Religions course. It takes a little time and with so many vocabulary terms, it's easy to make mistakes. 

Here's a link to a blank sheet you can use to start creating your own review. And here's a link to a page for the edges.

Finally, here's a a link to one of  Russell Levine's terrific unit puzzles.  It mostly covers the contemporary period.