Academic vocabulary words can be tricky for young students to understand since they are not words readily used in their daily language. The second-grade team was looking for a way for students to define and review these words in an accessible way.
We used an app called Puppet EDU (formerly called Shadow Puppet) to create short slide show videos with the students voice recordings.
Students were placed in small groups to complete this activity to allow for collaboration and more communication about what these words mean to the students.
Each student was given a graphic organizer to come up with synonyms for the word in “kid friendly” language. Then, each student was asked to draw a picture to show what their word meant to them.
Once we had some definitions, synonyms, and images to explain our vocabulary words we added them to the app Puppet EDU.
Students were able to record their voice over each image or text to explain what those words meant in their own language.
We shared our work on Seesaw, labeling each movie within a vocabulary folder, so all students can access these at home or at school to review the words often!
What an easy, and student driven, way to reinforce our academic vocabulary words!
Check out a great example here: https://goo.gl/qgnLlu
Lissa Blake, k-2 Instructional Coach