Vocabulary Word Search Activity
This activity is used to motivate Ss to learn and practice vocabulary items through a word search game. So, the principle is very simple here. If for example I’m willing to go over food related vocabulary, I first collect the target vocabulary. Then, I create some grids using my computer or drawing them with a ruler.
Purpose: The activity is essentially used to help learners review, acquire and practice using new or previously learnt vocabulary items related to a certain themes like food, shopping, sport etc
Time: The activity can take 30 to 45 minutes. The time here depends entirely on the Ss level and if they are used to these kind of activities or not.
Materials: Ss here use the handout provided by the teacher and a small dictionary to look up the meaning of some words.
Procedure and Possible instructions
-Today you are going to review some vocabulary items related to food. So, your job is to find 10 items. And one more thing the word won’t be counted if you do not explain its meaning or use it in a sentence. (3min)
- The teacher divides the Ss into groups of 3 to 4 and asks them to choose a nickname for their group.
- This the word search an as you can see we have a group of scattered letters and you need to use them to find the words. One more thing, those letters can be read from any directions right left, up, down etc. We will do an example together.
- The groups work on the word search and if a word is found a spoke person pronounce it first, explains what does it mean and then write on the board under the nickname section.(4 to 8 min it depends on the difficulty of the word)
-Ss report back to class for feedback and correction (5 minutes)
Modifications: The teacher can edit the number of the grids used in the word search or add more grids. This depends on what he/she wants to achieve with the activity and Ss.
Extensions:-The teacher can take the activity further for example asking to write sentences about their favorite food or talking about good/bad habits using the vocabulary found. The teacher can also ask Ss to come up with other items unrelated to the theme.
In this link you can find pictures of some word search activities: