Vocabulary is one of those tricky subjects where if the teacher isn't careful, it can go in one ear and out the other. Students need lots of repetition, examples, and opportunities to use the word in order for it to truly become part of their vocabulary. One way to see if students have really internalized the meaning of a new word or concept is to ask them to not use it! Introducing: Guess that word!
This game, which takes place during our morning meeting, is similar to the game "20 Questions." One person is given a word on their forehead. They are allowed to ask 5 yes/no questions to narrow down what it could be. During this process, the person who is "it" is using deductive reasoning, while the rest of the class is considering the the definition and properties of the concept in order to answer their questions. After 5 questions, the class is allowed to give 5 hints. It takes some practice for the students to get used to giving hints that don't use the word or give away the word.
Whether or not the person guesses their word, everyone gets lots of practice thinking about the word and all its aspects!
Little people, big minds.