The idea is simple: assign students to make certain sound effects every time a particular vocabulary word is said in a story which is being told/read aloud.
Example of some sounds with vocabulary words:
pater - "da da"
mater - "mommy"
iratus - "grrrrr"
tristis - "boohoo"
scribit - "Dear Diary"
leo - "ROAR"
feles - "meow"
pirata - "arrr"
pulsat - "POW"
- You will read aloud/tell the story a few times.
- When reading aloud/telling the story the first time, do it slowly and allow for the assigned students to make the sound after you say the word - if the word is repeated more than once in the story, the better!
- Read aloud/tell the story again, but do it a little faster. Students who are making the sound effects will have to keep up with the pace.
- Read aloud/tell the story again, but now quickly. Those making the sound effects will really have to listen so that they do not miss their cue!
- Another fun way to re-read through a known story and to get in repetitions of vocabulary. Even though the story speeds up with each reading, because it is a known story, the reading remains comprehehensible for students.
- Another way for students to personalize vocabulary and to associate it with a sound.