On the day students bring in the objects, display them around the room in a gallery format.
You can use pictures instead of objects if you prefer.
We even sang the wheels on the bus to transition to the next group and I would yell “beep beep! You might think it sounds corny but my 6th graders were SO into it. A simple authentic experience where students recognize that what we’re learning in class is happening inside of their books.
If you sell it with enthusiasm, amazing things can happen! If I’ve prepared my students enough, they’ll recognize and be able to interpret the figurative language in the text. Trusting my own teaching abilities and trusting the abilities of my students.
Ask students to walk around the room and take some notes regarding which words they think pair best with which objects or pictures. This one is always engaging and enjoyable – not to mention memorable.
This activity works really well as a review of multiple vocabulary units as long as too many words are not included. It’s the most beneficial as far as retaining word meanings to assign each pair of students one word.
Give each pair a few minutes to chat, and then shout “change”.