This bundle brings together three of our products which support the teaching of vocabulary linked to formal and informal words, strengthening Standard English and the development of formal vocabulary in non-fiction writing.
The three products are as follows:
PowerPoint - 206 slides and Answer Key
This product uses Powerpoint to introduce students to 103 different informal words and their formal counterparts. We designed this product to support the formal elements of writing within our students fiction and non-fiction writing.
The aim of the product is to show the students an informal word on the slide. The students should then try and work out what the formal counterpart would be. The following slide will add the formal word to the informal so that the students can see the two words together and start to learn how the words fit together.
We found that our students learnt the formal and informal pairs of words and could use both of them within their writing. They activity expanded their vocabulary, and students were happier to be more experimental with their language choices.
We have also included an answer key within the product which can be printed off separately and given to the students for home learning and a reference document for them to use to support their developing written activities. We have called the document a "Vocabulary Improver Checker".
This product uses PowerPoint to introduce students to 103 different informal words and their formal counterparts. We designed this product to support the formal elements of writing within our students fiction and non-fiction writing. ulary in both verbal and written activities.
Standard English - Snap! Card Game
This product has been designed to support our students use better vocabulary in their writing. We have been encouraging our students to remove informal language from their formal writing activities and genres and have been introducing formal language within our writing sessions.
This product makes that learning a little more fun in the form of the game of Snap! We have produced 56 language cards for informal words, and add their formal alternatives. We have then produced two of each (to make the game more action-packed) provided each player with 112 cards. An answer key is also included to support teachers identify the correct cards which match.
The aim of the game is simple:
1) Print, cut out and laminate (plasticise) the cards to make them last for many years to come.
2) Sort the cards into a formal pile of words and an informal pile of words - the cards a color coded to make this easy, but are also labelled too to reinforce the type of word it is
3) Two players can then play.
4) Player one turns over their first card and reads the word.
5) Player two then turns their first card over. If the words match for formal and informal, then the first player to shout "Snap!" wins the piles of cards - no matter how many there are.
6) The winner of the game is the first to win all cards, or until a player concedes!
The game is a great reinforcement activity for the students learning a range of new words to support their formal writing activities.
The cards can also be used as flashcards, with the teacher holding up an informal vocabulary card and the students recording on "Show me" whiteboards the formal word alternative, or simply the first to shout out a correct answer!
There are more ways to use these cards
- Find your partner - give out the cards and the formal and informal word cards must find each other
- Fishes - jumble the cards face down on the ground, students to try and find the pairs by turning two cards over at once - a great memory game
- Literacy Centers
- Make more than one set and have a championship knockout Snap! Challenge
Along with this game, we have also included a useful resource we devised for our students of pairs of formal and informal words. We called it a "Vocabulary Improvement Checker" which allows the students to check a word they are using and replace it with a more formal version. It has supported greater independence in writing and can be sent home for home learning, as well as developing greater formal vocabulary.
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This loop game was devised by us to support our children develop a greater knowledge of formal and informal everyday language - as well as preparing them for assessments in language and developing their formal writing skills in non-fiction genres.
This product contains:
- 54 game cards (54 formal and 54 informal words)
- Answer Key for all 54 pairs of words
Playing is easy. Print the words for the game and cut the cards into the 54 playing cards. Each child receives at least one card - ensuring that all the cards are handed out. Select a child to read the "informal word" on their card. The children then look at their cards to see if they have the "formal word" which matches the informal word given. If they do, they read the word out, then read the next formal word on their card to continue the game.
The game continues until all of the cards have been used. For teachers, school staff or as a home based activity, there is also an answer sheet which links all words together - of course, another challenge could be for the children to find as many other formal and informal words as they can to add to the game.
As the children play this game, they will be learning 54 pairs of formal and informal words to support their vocabulary and writing development. Once the children have played it a number times and understood the rules, swap the cards around the children. Play again.
You will find that students will start learning and reciting the words when others reveal what is on their cards. In UK schools, this game is great for preparation for SPAG assessments!
To further develop the game, why not:
- Ask the children to find other pairs of formal and informal words to add to the game
- Start with the formal first and children have to identify the informal word which matches the formal
- Use the cards as dominoes for a learning centre - where the formal must join up with the informal word.
- Time the children with a stopwatch - what is the fastest time the children can complete the loop game in?
All of these resources are included in this product and have really supported our students in developing their formal and informal vocabulary.
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