Make Vocabulary Fun with Digital Breakouts

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 aQuizlet deck.

Quizlet is a great tool for making vocabulary flash cards. TheQuizlet Livefeature 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 WITHANY OF THE COMPANIES MENTIONED.

2 comments

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.

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