JD Davis, Year One
Davis – Addie Newcomer
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
Students are able to write the definition of their current vocabulary words.
ELAGSE2L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies
Students sat at their desks to create their snowball. The Teacher was able to walk around the room to provide different “targets” or walk around with a bucket/bag for students to put their snowballs in.
The PAIR facilitator introduced the concept of snowball. We used questions like; “Who has ever made a snowball?” “Who has ever been in a snowball fight?” Students listened to a chosen vocabulary word being read and were given a minute or so to write the definition on their snowball and throw it at the target. After the snowballs were collected, a few were read out loud and discussed before the next vocabulary word was given.
If you notice most students aren’t writing the correct definition, don’t be afraid to pause the game and go over the vocabulary words again. Try a simple call & response- “If I gave you the vocabulary word ‘cost,’ what would you write? That’s right, you’d write, ‘The amount of money I have to pay to buy something,’” etc. Then restart the activity.