To test your students understanding of nouns verbs and adjectives for example, allow them the pleasure of going to the board, each in turn, and writing at least four words on the board. One of the words must not belong, and the other students have to identify that word ands say what part of speech it is. The student can point to any student he wants to. For example, one student writes:
He points to a student and the student identifies the word money and states that it is a noun and the others are verbs.
Another student writes: pretty/ cold/speak/wet
He points to a student who identifies the word speak as the odd word; it is a verb and the others are adjectives. If the student cannot answer, the student at the board chooses another student to answer. Here the students are completely in control of their interactions, with the teacher acting as monitor if needed.
These games all incorporate the principles of SIOP. There is interaction through grouping. Groups should be formed by means of cooperative groups, buddies, pairs and large and small groups. These vocabulary games for English language learners using SIOP also integrate all the language skills of listening, speaking, reading ad writing.