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Language and Communication Use word webs to think through new words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

The child will use a word web to help think through the key features of new or hard to remember words.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1-L5
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP55-72
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Word web worksheet

Word Web

See: word web resources on Commtap

Some new or hard to remember words.

1. Explain that the word web helps us to think about new words.

2. Discuss with the child which word you will use for your word web.

3. Write the word in the centre of the word web.

4. Discuss and fill in each box or circle round the outside.

5. Keep the completed word web to review at the next session.

Using a word web helps the child remember words and think carefully about them. This activity is also appropriate for a group activity.

You could build up a bank of word webs in a folder. Choose several and have a quiz - you give the child the answer to one of the small boxes / circles and the child needs to select the word it goes with.

You may want to work through vocabulary around a specific topic, e.g. science.

This activity can be adapted for children who will have difficulties recognising written words by using pictures or picture symbols: this would also allow this activity to be used for children working at level P8.

Who am I?

Pictures of curriculum topic words

Alice band” type headband or elastic

Word web with questions printed on it

 

1. Show all the pictures to the children (don’t use too many!)

2. If relevant, sort into categories.

3. Attach a picture to a child’s head so that they cannot see it, using the headband.

4. They must find out which picture they have by asking the questions on the word web.

 

To make this task harder, hide the word web or use a blank one, and have the children generate the questions themselves.

Word web prompt card

Laminated copy of a word web

See: word web resources on Commtap

1. Give the child a laminated copy of the word web they are used to. They can keep this on their table in class.

2. Help them use the word web to prompt themselves when they cannot remember a word they want to use. They can also use it to think of descriptions of items.

You may need to shrink the word web down on the photocopier to make it smaller.

This activity can be adapted for children who will have difficulties recognising written words by using pictures or picture symbols: this would also allow this activity to be used for children working at a slightly lower level.

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