Sunday, March 19, 2017

Vocabulary Detectives 2

This is the second set of my FREE Vocabulary Detective Cards that I created when teachers told me how excited they were about my first set. Using these cards is a great way to motivate students to learn new vocabulary words and to be able to find synonyms, antonyms and homonyms when they read books in class.

Here's how I do it..

Make a Detective Jar. A Mason jar with a wide opening is the best to use.  Print a label for it on a large piece of white paper that says "Detective Jar".

Make copies of the cards for your students. Explain that you'll be running a weekly contest and that you'll pull three cards from the jar at the end of the week.  Be sure to have prizes for the winners. I order them online in bulk from the Oriental Trading Company.

Explain that there must be correct answers on the cards in order to win a prize.

Tell them they shouldn't cut the cards until they've entered the information on all cards. When they're finished they can cut the cards and fold them in half, then put them in the jar.

Hope you and your students enjoy these contests! Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Hi Ruth!
    I just started following your blog...the Vocabulary Cards 2 led me to you! I was wondering if you could give me more information on the Detective Jar. It sounds like a great way to get kids excited about vocabulary!

    1. Hi Nancy! You uploaded my Vocabulary Detective Cards 2 and asked about the Detective jar. I wondered if you got my message because when I was looking at my blog messages, the reply boxes were all scrambled. If you still want to know about the jars, get in touch :)


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  3. Hi Nancy! Thanks for following my blog!! :) A large wide mouth pickle jar is what I use. I use a piece of plain white construction paper and write the words "Detective Jar' on it. Then I had the kids all sign their names all over it in different colors. I wrap it around the jar and that's it! Different kids draw the cards from the jar each time.
    Have fun!

  4. Nancy I also have used white contact paper that seems to adhere better to the jar. Hope this helps.

  5. Thanks, Ruth. Looking forward to giving this idea a try. May have to wait until next year, though. Don't know if I can add anymore to what I am already doing with my 4th graders!

  6. Thanks Ruth!! I am a homeschool mom and I plan to adapt this with my girls--looks fabulous! Maybe I am doing something wrong, but I cannot get the file to open. Can you help? I am clicking on the
    'picture' and it takes me to TpT but says that the file doesn't exist.

    Thanks so much,

  7. I also am having trouble accessing this file but am super excited about using this with my kids! Let me know if you can help me!
    Thanks so much