Two months ago, I was blogging about flipped lessons and how I was excited to try it with my resource room. I did do three flipped lessons with my 8th graders; I played sections of the novel and they had to complete some questions, but I realized afterwards, they didn’t really understand what was happening in the novel because they were missing out on the class discussion – something that my students really need.
I haven’t given up the thought of doing flipped lessons. It just seemed that what we were doing in class didn’t work well with the flipped lesson concept.
However, with MAP testing this week, I lost two class periods, so I thought I’d try again with a vocabulary lesson.
Vocabulary is something that my students need to hear and work with quite a bit before they can understand the words and use them appropriately. If I were to send them home with a list of words and told them to look up the definition, I would get random definitions they may or may not match the context of the novel.
Being below-grade level readers, they may not be able to pronounce the words or understand the definitions they wrote, let alone use them correctly.
The lesson I am going to attempt to link to here, (please click and check it out!) is based on the approach I have used the entire time we have been reading The Giver. These vocabulary squares are something that have evolved over the course of the year with some collaborating with one of my colleagues.
We have worked through similar activities in class together five other times. What I say in the video is very similar to what I would say in class, except that my students are not interacting obviously. It typically takes us a period and a half to go through 6 vocabulary words.
With this approach, students will complete three of the words for homework and we will spend a 15-20 minutes reviewing the words the next day. I will then assign the second half o the list for the next night.
I used Screencast-o-Matic to make the video, but unfortunately my laptop died right after the third word. I’ll see how this first video goes and then make a separate flipped lesson for the other three words.
I am hoping that the familiarity of the format and the types of activities, as well as my directions and explanations, will provide a preview to the words and cut down on class time. In addition, every student will have the opportunity to independently complete the work and not just rely on discussion.
I wish I could insert the video here within my post, but I am not sure how to do that right now.
Let me know if you can’t view the video.
Also, if you’ve taught vocab via a flipped lesson tell me about your experience.
Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
(p.s. I know that the first word has some mistakes with the synonyms. I caught myself mid-video and just corrected it instead of re-recording.)