Category Archives: Vocabulary

Mediocrity 2011 – Car Names for Vocabulary

This is one of those easy options for vocabulary. I thought of it when I saw the 2011 Mediocrity commercial embedded below.

Essentially, they pick one of the vocabulary words and use it as a car name. The students would draw up a one page ad1 (with relevant copy) for the car that plays off the word they choose. It would certainly be more fun with word you wouldn’t normally associate with cars. I’d make sure I posted these in the room for future use.

You wouldn’t do it all the time but it’d be one of those options I’d have for my students to pick from.

I’d make an ad for the Abstinence that shows just a frame and chastises you for wanting doors, seats, etc.


1 A video seems like overkill

Concentration

Simple Definitions, Complex Thoughts

Concentration

Get them here or make up your own.

You’ve got two ways to play this game.

1. Give these to your students as warm ups at various times but with one of the words blocked out and have them decide what it should be.

2. When they’ve got the hang of guessing, they start making their own based on terms you’re studying. Should work for just about any subject and is far better than the standard “write a sentence using this term” vocabulary exercises. Don’t limit yourself (or them) to vocabulary words- think historical events, novels etc1.


1 In a way it reminds me of the “its the * meets the *” style of music/movie descriptions which would be another great way to get students thinking describing novels in interesting ways that draw connections to things they know. I swear I have something about this bookmarked in delicious somewhere.