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Spotlight on Strategies:Vocabulary scavenger hunt

Display pre-selected vocabulary words that appear in your video segment. Ensure students discuss meaning of them, giving examples using different contexts. Watch the video, ask students clap each time they hear one of the words.

Big idea

Utilising video segments provides a wonderful opportunity to provide content to students in auditory and visual cues. This helps bridge gaps in experience to real life situations for students who have had less exposure to certain topics. To transforming media from being a passive learning experience to an actively engaged opportunity, teachers can create scavenger hunts for important vocabulary. This strategy allows students to focus on the most important content of the segment.

Overview of strategy



video segment, pre-selected vocabulary words from segment

  1. Use the transcript of the video to create a word cloud online (e.g. word it out). This will identify key vocbulary featured in the video.
  2. Display pre-selected vocabulary words to students.
  3. Ask students work in pairs to discuss the words ensuring they have an understanding of what each one means.
  4. As a whole group, call on students to share what each of the words means by providing an example.
  5. Explain to students that you'll be playing a segment with these words embedded. Each time they hear one of the vocabulary words spoken, they should clap once.
  6. Begin the segment and pause after you hear the first clap. Ask students to share which word they heard, what it means, and how it was used in context.
  7. Repeat each time a word is used for the first time.
  8. After the segment is complete, ask students to share other vocabulary words they heard that support their understanding of the big idea.
Sum it up

This strategy is a great way to identify important academic language in any unit of study and develop vocabulary skills.

More ideas
  • Have students create a glossary of new vocabulary words.
  • Have students create a digital display in of the vocabulary words from your current unit of study.
  • Instead of a clap, students could create a tally and compare or create a simple image each time the word is heard. 

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