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Make Vocabulary Fun with Digital Breakouts

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Engaging students in vocabulary review is challenging. Here is a strategy for using digital breakouts to make vocabulary review fun and challenging. 

Step One: Build a Quizlet deck.

Quizlet is a great tool for making vocabulary flash cards. The Quizlet Live feature is another fun way to review vocabulary with students. 

Step Two: Click on "Test."

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The Quizlet test generates short answer, multiple-choice, and true/false questions. Keep that tab open on your device. 

Step Three: Make a Google Form with quiz mode enabled.

Enable quiz mode in Google Forms. The questions in this Google Form are the multiple choice and true/false questions from the Quizlet test. Copy and paste the questions and answer choices from Quizlet. Be sure the language from Quizlet is good for assessment. Tinker if necessary. Choose the correct answer for each question in the form. Use the short answer questions from the Quizlet test as feedback for the correct answer for some questions. Use links to remediating content as feedback for incorrect answers.

Step Four: Make a Google Form with the digital breakout locks.

Use data validation to set each lock to be one of the answers from the Quizlet test short answer questions. Set each question to be a required question.

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Step Five: Make a one-page Google Site.

The first element is a text box that outlines a scenario where something is locked. Have fun writing it and model creativity for students. See below for two examples. Have some text in the scenario link to the Quizlet deck from step one. 

The second element is another text box. Put the text, "Want some hints? Click here." in the box. Link "Click here" to the Google Form with multiple choice questions from step 3. Set the section style to "Emphasis 2" or "image" to call attention to this text box.

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The third element on the page is the Google Form with the locks from step four. Simply insert it.

That's it. The activity is complete. It gives students the definitions they need, let's them practice applying them, and assesses them using multiple choice and short answer questions. All a teacher has to make are:

  1. A Quizlet deck
  2. Two Google Forms
  3. A one-page Google Site

Please make copies of the two Google Forms in this Google Drive folder to use as templates to make a vocabulary digital breakout. Click the images below to try two science vocabulary digital breakouts I made for eighth-grade students.

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Thank you for reading. If you would like to discuss this strategy further, please comment below or tweet me at @TomEMullaney

Thank you, Canva, the tool I used to make images in this post. 

FULL DISCLOSURE: I HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND FOR  MENTIONING THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES IN THIS POST. I WAS NOT SOLICITED TO WRITE THIS POST AND I HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP WITH ANY OF THE COMPANIES MENTIONED. 

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Tom Mullaney is a Digital Learning Integration Designer for the San Francisco Unified School District. Tom's education experience includes Special Education, Social Studies, and educational technology coaching in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. He is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer. Tom hosts the Sustainable Teaching Podcast and contributes to the BamRadio Network EdWords blog. Use his TED-Ed lesson to teach your students about the French Revolution. Contact him on Twitter, @TomEMullaney or via e-mail, mistermullaney@gmail.com.

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    L R Everitt Saturday, 18 February 2017

    Thanks for sharing this quick and simple breakout activity. I want something I can use to teach eCoaches the power of Breakout games for classroom instruction and this game might be perfect if I make the vocab tech related.

  • Tom Mullaney @TomEMullaney
    Tom Mullaney @TomEMullaney Monday, 20 February 2017

    You are most welcome, L R!

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