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    By Mysterywoman

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    using a timer, either around your neck on a lanyard or on your clipboard. After saying "Give me Five" I turn on the timer (an audible beep) and see how many seconds it takes for them to stop talking. For every 30 seconds of time wasted, I assign one social studies vocabulary word to be looked up and defined. As soon as they hear the beep, they start hissing "TIMER!" and it gets quiet real fast.

    Getting them to actually do the words is another story. Most of them turn them in, but the few lazy ones who never get their work done on time may not.

    It may or may not work for you.

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