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TITLE: VOCABULARY STUMPERS AUTHOR: David E. Rollins GRADE LEVEL: Appropriate for grades 6-12. OVERVIEW: This activity was designed to increase students understanding and usage of new words. The student will be exposed to new words and phrases which will stimulate their creative and reasoning abilities. OBJECTIVE(s): Students will be able to: 1. Describe ways in which words are used in context of written or spoken statements. 2. Develop new pronounced words, and word meanings in order to baffle opposing teams. 3. Increase their comprehension of new words and phrases through completion of this activity. MATERIALS: Teacher Materials = Dictionary, Thesaurus, 3" x 5" cards. Student Materials = pencil, paper. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Students in the classroom will divide into groups of 3- 4. 2. Give each group member a 3" x 5" card, one of these cards will have the word or phrase, and its definition. The remaining cards will only have the word or phrase minus the definition. 3. One student within the group must give the correct pronunciation of the word, and its correct definition. The other group members can alter how the word is pronounced, and give false definitions. 4. The other groups are to determine who has offered the correct word, and definition. This decision must be made unanimously within the group. If the group selects the correct answer they receive one point. The group with the most points at the end of the hour wins. A one minute time limit is allotted to each group to respond. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: As a result of this weekly activity students' interest in vocabulary has increased. Student usage of the Dictionary and Thesaurus has increased. As an added complement I bring in old Reader's Digest magazines. The section "Word Power" receives much attention from the students to enrich their vocabulary.