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Tableau (a frozen pose) is

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Tableau (a frozen pose) is perfect for vocabulary instruction. After students learn the definition of a word, teams of 4 - 5 students create a tableau that visually illustrates the word. I give them 5 minutes to plan a tableau for 1 word in which they remain silent and still for 15 seconds, use body/face/hands, concentrate 100% by looking at a focal point, and make sure they each pose at different levels to add interest. The rest of the class guesses the word, then offers quick feedback on the pose. Even quicker is to have them do individual tableaus from their seat (e.g. show me "gawk").

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Oliver, I love the games you

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Oliver, I love the games you shared. Thank you!

Nice suggestions. Playing

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Nice suggestions. Playing guessing games about the words, with students making up a range of hint types that you model (definitions, cloze sentences, antonyms) are a fun way to review. One game is 'backs to the board', in which one player sits with their back facing the blackboard, and their team has to explain the word written on the board to them. Have 2 or more teams competing to guess the word first. Another game is to do a 'communicative crossword' - make a crossword with your target words (e.g. at with just blank clues. The student A sheet has all the across words written in, and the student B sheet has all the down words written in. Without seeing each others sheets, the students have to explain their words to their partner so that they can guess them. These games can also be followed up by using the vocab lists with online/mobile practice with sites like Quizlet and that allow you to use your own flashcards in games.

I help students learn and succeed in school and life with mind maps.

Marilee - thanks for the

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Marilee - thanks for the great list of strategies!

Mind mapping words (strategy #5) and letters works particularly well with many students because of the level of engagement required in drawing/composing mind maps. Here's one example:

Also, here's an example on using mind maps for reading comprehension:

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