Teach idioms(A phrase or expression in which the entire meaning is different from the usual meaning of the individual words.)
“The car rolling down the hill caught my eye.”
“Soon we were in stitches.”
“The painting cost me an arm and a leg.”
“The teacher was under the weather.”
Prepare Student Friendly Definitions.
Dictionary Definition: Attention - (a.) the act or state of attending through applying the mind to an object of sense or thought (b.) a condition of readiness for such attention involving a selective narrowing of consciousness and receptivity
Example'>Student-Friendly Definition Example: Explanation from Dictionary for English Language Learners (Elementary Learner’s Dictionary published by Oxford) Attention - looking or listening carefully and with interest
Have the students read the explanation with you. For example, When something that is difficult is over or never happened at all, you feel relieved. So if something that is difficult is over, you would feel _______________.
Step 3: Illustrate the word with examples
Concrete Examples “When the spelling test is over, you feel relieved.” “When you have finished giving the speech that you dreaded, you feel relieved.”
When the students lined up for morning recess, Jason said, “I am so relieved that this morning is over.” Why might Jason be relieved?
When Maria was told that the soccer game had been cancelled, she said, “I am relieved.” Why might Maria be relieved?
Option 2: Have students discern between Examples and Non-Examples.
“If you were nervous singing in front of others, would you feel relieved when the concert was over?” Yes “Why?”
“If you loved singing to audiences, would you feel relieved when the concert was over?” No “Why not?” It was not difficult for you.
Option 3: Have students generate their own examples. “Tell your partner a time when you were relieved.”
Option 4: Provide students with a sentence starter and have them say a complete sentence. Sometimes your mother is relieved. Tell your partner when your mother is relieved. Start your sentence by saying, “My mother is relieved when________.”
Example # 1:
After teaching the group of vocabulary words, review the words using a “word association” activity.
Words written on board or overhead:
enemy, disgusting, invited, relieved
Tell me the word that I am thinking about.
Someone that hates you might be called an ________.
If you didn’t like a food, you might say it is ________.
When a test is over, you often feel _________.
When you are asked to a party, you are _______.”
Example # 2: The students all have a page with the vocabulary pictures. The teacher asks questions and the students point to pictures or chorally respond to questions.
Example # 3: Example of Independent Activities:
Day 1: Write new vocabulary words on vocabulary cards to add to a vocabulary ring or vocabulary card file.
Day 2: Write student-friendly definitions on back of vocabulary cards.
Day 3: Complete Word Diagram or Four Square Page with 4 new vocabulary words.
Day 4: Complete Word Diagram or Four Square Page with 4 new vocabulary words.
Day 5: Partner up and test each other on vocabulary definitions (using vocabulary cards students take turns saying the word and the other student gives the student-friendly definition -- or -- one student gives the student-friendly definition and the other student says the word).