Core Vocab Activities

My kiddos are slowly learning how to use the core vocabulary board. Here are some activities we have done in the classroom to help them learn certain words. All of the activities focus on one to two words. 

The focus word: it

We read a book,Whose Teeth Are These?  It is a fun lift the flap book for students to guess the animal. 

The students are shown the teeth and they have to guess who they belong too. When they came up we had them point to it... and then say what animal they think it is. That child then gets to lift the flap to see if they were right. They really liked this. 


We finished reviewing by watching the video again and focusing on pointing to it when the children guess the shadow. 

The next word we focused on was not.

For this activity we watched Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

After listening to the song we had  a small cookie jar and we had the kiddos close their eyes and gave the cookie to one child. They opened their eyes and then we called up a couple of students. They would say/ show not me. Then, we would call up the child with the cookie and they would say I did!


We again reviewed the song at the end and had the students point to not as the song was sang. 

Another fun activity is for the word help. We had a container with a difficult lock and the kids would have to point to the word help to get it open. Inside was small change purses (also a challenge to open). The change purse would be given to another child and they would have to request help to get it open. Inside was a small animal or item. The kids really liked this one!


Another fun activity is for the words I do. You will need a potato head all built together. We identified the parts of the potato head as we took him apart. The question would be asked, "Who wants to put on the..." and the students would need to point/say "I do" and then we would select different child to help put the piece on to build the potato head.  All of the kiddos wanted to help build the potato head. 



For this activity I actually used a game (this was one of my first creations as a teacher!) where we line up numbers 1-10 and then hide a small marshmallow behind one of the numbers. Students take turns guessing where the marshmallow will be. I make a big deal about saying it is ___'s TURN. WHAT number do you think it is hiding? And when we flip the number over we emphasize it is NOT under number ___. 


For this activity we again are focusing on the word not. You will need dry erase boards and markers that work and don't work. We gave the students a marker and many of them did not work. They would have to show/say not working and then we would give them another. Eventually they got a marker that worked and they could make a creation (they were that much happier that it did work too!). 



If just getting started with using core vocabulary boards and you are not sure how to start using them in your classroom, check out my Core Vocabulary Mega Pack with weekly activities and work box tasks or you can find them individually. Core Vocabulary Activities and Core Vocab Work Box Tasks.  Stay tuned for more core vocabulary activities! 



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