Vocabulary Lesson Plans

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  • Another Name - How many words can a person find with the same meaning? Students will get to find out, using their vocabulary words, in the following fun-filled lesson.
  • Acrostic Poster - Every picture tells a story! Students will enjoy expressing their creativity as they find ways to present their vocabulary words through pictures and artistry.
  1. Antonyms & Vocabulary - Create sentences using antonyms correctly.
  2. Basketball Vocabulary - Coupling a basketball challenge with this vocabulary lesson will help make learning fun for your students!
  3. Hot Potato Words - The student will be able to name the definition that matches a given word.
  4. How to Learn New Vocabulary Words Quickly- A Teachnology video tip for teachers and students.
  5. Frindle Vocabulary - To explain new words in context To write coherent and logical responses to fiction using newly acquired vocabulary.
  6. Internet Hunt - "Which way did they go?" Students will do some detective work online to find different ways in which their vocabulary words are used.
  7. Meeting Up With New Vocabulary - Teaching students to associate the phonetic structure of words with their spelling when they are given orally.
  8. Magazine Hunt - Can you picture that? This lesson will help your students make a connection between their vocabulary words and real world objects.
  9. One Act Play - Creative juices will flow as students bring their vocabulary words to life!
  10. Picture-Taking to Learn Vocabulary - Applies to all Languages, not just French.
  11. Picture Vocabulary Review - The student will be able to make a study book by drawing pictures that match the vocabulary words that are listed.
  12. Power Point Vocabulary - This lesson allows students to collaborate and create an eclectic collection of vocabulary slides to present to the class.
  13. Rap, Rhyme, Jingle - This lesson will allow students, who may otherwise be silent in the classroom, to come out of their shells and participate in making some silly rhymes with vocabulary words.
  14. Rebus - These rebus puzzles will not only help students memorize vocabulary word definitions, but they will exercise their brains as well!
  15. Slap It Down - Students have a chance to get "slap happy" during this lesson! Vocabulary words and definitions will have them buzzing!
  16. Snowball Fight - How often are students allowed to throw paper in class? In this lesson, students will enjoy getting to blow off some steam, while committing their vocabulary words and definitions to memory.
  17. Story Race - Whether it is a mystery or a fairytale, students will have fun putting the words they have learned into a story!
  18. Systematic Vocabulary Development - For the students to understand Letter-sound relationships and learn how to look for patterns in words and to usethese learned words to decode unknown words.
  19. True or False - Close, but not enough... This lesson challenges students to discern between what is true and what is not quite right about three similar vocabulary definitions.
  20. Two Halves of an Egg - This is a great way for your students to "put two and two together" using vocabulary words and their definitions.
  21. Vocabulary Bingo - Students will learn new vocabulary words by using synonyms and context clues through the use of bingo game.
  22. Vocabulary Charades - This will be a great way for students to burn off some energy, while learning their vocabulary words. Students are encouraged to work together and think of actions that will convey the meaning of the words.
  23. Vocabulary Comprehension Strategy - After initial introduction of ten new vocabulary words, students will use this activity to broaden their understanding of how these words are used in sentences.
  24. Vocabulary Concentration - The following lesson is a great way for student to commit their vocabulary words to memory.
  25. Vocabulary Jeopardy - Students will use this new vocabulary to play a game and create a short book using new words.
  26. Vocabulary Lotto - For children to easily recognize words from the book or notes. They can also use them in context and spell them correctly.
  27. Where Did It Come From? - Students will unveil a deeper meaning and expand their comprehension for each vocabulary word as they research them online.
  28. Who Am I - This guessing game will help students communicate more effectively, while memorizing the definitions of vocabulary words.

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  1. A Growing Vocabulary- Watch your intermediate students' vocabulary and critical thinking skills grow with this reading activity that also provides many opportunities for extensions.
  2. Body Parts- Identify the body parts in Spanish.
  3. Cartoon Vocabulary- A student's comprehension of a vocabulary word is tested by having the student draw a picture to illustrate the meaning of the word.
  4. Cool Vocabulary- Vocabulary building ideas for all ages.
  5. Cool Words to Share- Students use teacher-selected vocabulary (can be from reading textbook) to present a written story to a first grade student. The book will include a glossary of terms and illustrations of the terms.
  6. Dead Words Come Alive!- This is an exciting way for second graders to learn about synonyms and increase their vocabulary at a rapid pace. It is designed to be used all year on a daily basis.
  7. Express Yourself!- Students work as a group to generate and play a game that displays an understanding of developmental level reading vocabulary based on a grade level checklist.
  8. Hide and Seek Vocabulary!- This activity uses a unique strategy to build student word recognition. Student partners practice new words using their verbal, visual, and kinesthetic intelligences.
  9. Learning Words- After reading, [All Those Secrets of the World] students develop vocabulary by actively defining words using skills other than USING THEIR DICTIONARIES FIRST. This new approach to vocabulary skills is a fun way to ´┐ŻLook up the meanings of words."
  10. Literature Logs- On first day of lesson, have a chapter of a book, or several pages of book, for children to discuss. As a teacher, preview difficult vocabulary, or confusing concepts, and talk with students.
  11. Look It Up!- Students improve their writing skills by finding, defining, and correctly using new and interesting vocabulary words.
  12. Pets in Spanish
  13. Prefix Power- The students will increase their vocabulary by learning about root words, prefixes and suffixes. They will then use this knowledge to play a Prefix Power station activity game.
  14. Riddles and Words- What color is a jaundiced pig? Hamber, of course! Using an exciting vocabulary game in which students create riddles and answers, this lesson explores word choice, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
  15. Sail on the Vocabulary Ship- ESOL students make paper ships on which to identify and write root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  16. Smiley- This is a fun way to practice meanings, context & oral reading of vocabulary.
  17. Synonymous Sharks- This lesson focuses on developing and applying vocabulary knowledge as well as reciprocal reading strategies through the use of an article on sharks. Students use the Internet to access the passage.
  18. Undercover Vocabulary- Undercover Vocabulary is a lesson that incorporates vocabulary usage and review into a cooperative learning activity. Students create a skit using identified vocabulary words and perform the skit for the class.
  19. Using Word Referents Subjects- Use word referents to enhance word choice and rich vocabulary.
  20. Vocabulary Bingo- The students extend their vocabulary by participating in the Vocabulary Bingo activity. This activity can be used with other subjects to help improve vocabulary.
  21. Vocabulary Drawing- Vocabulary review by drawing pictures and writing sentences on index cards. Variations are found in CRISS strategies. This review can also be used with other subject area vocabulary studies.
  22. Vocabulary Lotto - You can use vocabulary of any level or subject.
  23. Vocabulary Quick-Writes and discussions- I found that often the traditional means of teaching vocabulary (write definitions, make up sentences to match definitions, test on definitions) was not enough to give students a PRACTICAL understanding of a word that they can take with them for further use.
  24. Vocabulary Review- This lesson is based on the "Password" game show.
  25. Vocabulary Review- Use this activity as a time filler or as part of a test review.
  26. Words 'R Us- Words 'R Us activity introduces students to the use of the thesaurus. The students seek additional vocabulary words to replace "starter" words.