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The key word becomes an acronym for the phrase. This can be a quick starter or plenary activity which encourages students to think creatively, can help them remember how to spell key words and/or reflect on and demonstrate their understanding of a concept or idea. Variations ◆ With younger groups who may have difficulty remembering a key word, turning the word into an acronym can be a fun memory aid. Allow students to use any words in their phrase, not just those connected to the topic. For example, Magnesium might become ‘Many a green newt eats sandwiches in upturned meringues’.
Students can suggest a full sentence or line of text for each letter of the key word, rather than having to select a single appropriate word. An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter (or in some cases first syllable or word) of each line spells out another message. In this case the message is the key word. Overall, the acrostic should reflect the concept, feature or idea. 46 SECTION 3: KEY WORDS Examples Subject: Citizenship • Level: Key Stage 3 • Topic: Houses of Parliament Year 8 students asked to turn ‘Parliament’ into an acronym came up with, among others, the following two suggestions: • Pick a representative, London issues argue, make essential new terms.
At the most basic, and where you want to reinforce the definitions of the words, give these as the clues. When students are familiar with the definitions, and for a more fun activity, create clues that are less straightforward and more intriguing. Variations ◆ While it is easy to write the clues, creating a good crossword ‘grid’ by hand is more difficult. There are websites that will generate crosswords for you, if you enter the words, clues and other specifications. com/crossword. As well as allowing you to create your own crossword, some websites give access to a database of crosswords already generated, which you can use.