Monday Success: Video Vocab

May 6, 2013 by

This week’s Monday Success Story comes from a teacher who decided to try out something different based on the Vocab Smackdown detailed earlier this year.  This teacher (who would like to remain anonymous) had her 5th grade students demonstrate their knowledge of their vocab list in any way EXCEPT writing.  They could take photos, draw pictures, make videos, etc.  I am posting a video that one of her students submitted below.  Please note how engaged, excited, and knowledgeable the student (and his little sister) is regarding the words on this weeks list.

Which demonstrates the learning of these words more effectively- a list of written definitions or the video below?  For me, the answer is pretty obvious.  You can do this type of project in any subject- demonstrate a math concept without writing, show how the science concept we are discussing is “alive” in the community, represent your understanding of this battle through something other than an essay… the possibilities are endless.  Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.  Good luck!

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