Vocabulary Memory Match


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Vocabulary Memory Match is a memory card game in which students turn over two cards at a time to match the vocabulary word to either a picture, synonym, antonym or definition.

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Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Vocabulary

What? Early, developing and even experienced readers will encounter unfamiliar vocabulary words while reading text. More...Less

Therefore, it is important to acquire vocabulary skills in order to build word knowledge. Identifying pictures, antonyms, and synonyms are skills to help decipher word meaning. Students in grade levels K-12 should be well-equipped with these skills, as well as others, to expand their vocabulary. Studies show a rich vocabulary is linked to strong reading comprehension performance and overall academic success.

When? Vocabulary is a key component in K-12 English Language Arts as well as other subject areas. More...Less

Vocabulary instruction begins at an early age as Kindergarten students encounter new words in literature as well as content areas, like math or science. According to the ELA Common Core State Standards, students are taught vocabulary skills, like identifying synonyms and antonyms, as early as first grade. Students will continue vocabulary skills practice throughout elementary, middle, and high school.

How to teach: K-12 teachers can import or create vocabulary word lists that align to content area lesson plans. Word lists can be used with Vocabulary Memory Match during literacy centers or homework for engaging independent vocabulary practice.

Play to learn: Vocabulary Memory Match is a typical memory card game with a twist. More...Less

Students turn over two cards at a time in order to match the vocabulary word to either a picture, synonym, antonym or definition. Words and definitions are read to students. Game cards containing an antonym or a synonym will be noted as such.

Vocabulary Memory Match also features a video mini-lesson. Before the game begins, students view a brief overview of antonyms (words that are opposites) and synonyms (words that are similar). If students are still confused about the concepts, they will be able to watch a video mini-lesson on antonyms and synonyms.

Teaching Tip: Vocabulary Memory Match can be used with students in grades 2-12 because of the added element of synonyms and antonyms. More...Less

This learning game can be paired with content-area vocabulary, like the 2nd Grade Science – Animals word list, or literary vocabulary, like the 7th Grade Literature Call of the Wild word list. Teachers may want to conduct a whole group lesson or review on antonyms and synonyms prior to assigning the activity. Teachers may use the game’s mini-lesson video during direct instruction. In addition, the audio and visual features of Vocabulary Memory Match are perfect for English Language Learners. ELL students may not know everyday language, like bunny or flower. Vocabulary Memory Match uses images to help ELLs with concrete word meanings. ELLs can practice commonplace English vocabulary by matching words with a visual.

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