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Internalizing Academic Vocabulary with Animated GIFs
Deposition. Affixes. Stanza. Numerator.
Kids are bombarded with a multitude of academic vocabulary every single day. We hope they remember the terms and pray they can include some of them in their written responses, but are we giving our students the time and opportunity to truly internalize them?
Our campus recently went through APL and our specialist's suggestion to use Keynote's animated gifs for vocabulary really hit home with me. I think it's a great activity to help our students internalize academic terms. They have to think critically on how to "show" the meaning of words, which helps them develop a better understanding of the vocabulary.
We can take this activity even further by having students create their own animated word walls in Numbers or generating QR codes to make interactive word walls in our classroom.
Our Techsperts learned about vocabulary gifs this week and look forward to sharing the idea and skills with teachers soon. We're hoping to inspire others to give it a try and hope you do too.