ABSTRACT

Motivation plays a big part in eventual success as learners. Research shows that the human brain responds to unique experiences and that novelty causes a number of brain systems to become activated. In Scramble, kids create a human concept map, arranging and rearranging groups representing word networks. Research shows that students from low-income families often have experienced significantly fewer literacy interactions at home. Integrating drama and movement into vocabulary instruction has often been recommended, especially for English language learners. Many kids who cannot remember multiplication tables or spelling words can often remember and sing the lyrics to an entire catalog of songs. Music and rythmn are great motivators—exciting emotion, generating enjoyment, and boosting brain cells. Students begin by wearing their vocabulary lanyards. Whole-group activities provide instruction and modeling, but small-group practice helps scaffold students toward independence. Board games are always a popular and fun way for kids to practice vocabulary in small groups.