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7 Vocabulary Teaching Ideas
1. Vocabulary Match Game – Make two sets of recipe cards. One set of cards will have the words and another set of cards will have the definitions. Write one vocabulary word or one definition on each recipe card. Shuffle the word and definition cards and place them face down. Students take turns drawing two cards. If the two cards match up with the word and the definition, they keep the cards. If they do not match, they return the cards to their original place and the next student takes a turn.
2. Partner Activities – Reinforce vocabulary whenever you need your students to pair up during class activities. Put the words and definitions of targeted vocabulary on different recipe cards. Each student picks a card. If students have a word on their card, they search for the student with the matching definition. If students have a definition card, they search for the student with the matching word.
3. Word of the Day – Each day, write a new vocabulary word on the board. Throughout the day, have students complete different activities with the word. Suggested activities may include writing its definition, drawing a picture of the word, creating an action to remember the word, using the word in a sentence, acting out the word, etc.
4. Vocabulary Booklets – Create a vocabulary booklet for the students to record words and definitions for a current unit of study. Read this blogpost for more information on creating tiered vocabulary booklets: How to Make Tiered Vocabulary Booklets.
5. What’s It Mean? – Label a sheet of chart paper with the statement, “What’s It Mean?” and post somewhere in your classroom. Throughout the day, as students encounter words they don’t know, they write the words on the sheet of chart paper. At the end of the day, choose one or two words and talk about them as a class.
6. Act It Out – Put students into groups of two or three. Give each group a new vocabulary word and a definition. Students think of a creative way to act out the meaning of the word. Students then present to the rest of the class and explain why they chose to act the word out in that manner. By watching and listening to their classmates, students will have the opportunity to learn the meaning of different vocabulary words from each other.
7. Categories – At the start of a new unit of study, give students a stack of vocabulary words related to the unit. Put students in partners and have them come up with different ways to group the words. After students have completed this activity, have them share their categories with another group of students or with the entire class.
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