Credit to Suzy from TeachStudentSavvy for the idea for this activity. I found it originally on Pinterest, but her blog post explains it very well and gives visual samples! The links I link below are my own creations using Google Docs. You can find her original post here.
I came across this looking for ideas how to help a student with vocabulary. We were coming to a head on how to help them achieve their goals in Latin when our traditional CI strategies were not simply enough. I had looked at a few ideas on Pinterest, but I wanted something that provided extra support and could be a resources as needed in class. Then I found Suzy's idea: VocAPPulary!
Basically, the idea is that students create an interactive vocabulary sheet that has a variety of information on it. Suzy's examples are from science and mine are from Latin below.
Suzy put it best: "It combines the use of illustration, word walls, and flashcards in a trendy, student-friendly package." (TeachStudentSavvy, 2019).
You start with a blank cellphone template. Here is mine without boxes. Here is mine with 8 boxes already added. I drew these on my computer.
Students then add to this template the key vocabulary and notes. Here is an image of some I made for the first chapter of Pluto: fabula amoris. I colour coded my notes and included the following for each word: The Latin word, the definition in English, a note about derivatives, or categories, or similar words, and a note about a single Latin word that is related. Subsequent chapters make use of other primary colours for the Latin word and meaning.
The student then took blank boxes and drew a picture of the word. They cut those images out and taped them to the completed cell phone template.
Now, the student has a resource. They automatically see the words and the images. They can then flip up the image to find the definition and some notes.
In subsequent chapters I also considered including notes like:
- other forms of the word
- sentences using the word
- personalised questions (What do you find beautiful? What do you like to do? etc)
If I were doing this with an entire class, we would take the notes together.
Here is the completed set of handouts I made for this activity including the phone template and empty boxes for drawing images and cutting and pasting.
Here is a completed example of the VocAPPulary using the same first chapter as above: