Use these lesson plans, activities, and ideas to give students a wealth of words to use as they express themselves.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Includes vocabulary activities for two commonly taught short stories The Gift of the Magi and The Interlopers, which can be adapted to any short story to help identify and understand irony and conflict and to use fiction for increasing student vocabulary.
An interactive whiteboard mini-lesson on vocabulary excerpted from Writing Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard by Lola M. Schaefer.
Quick and easy ways to infuse your entire day with vocabulary instruction.
Organize your vocabulary instruction with these lesson plans and activities from professional books for teaching vocabulary.
These vocabulary activities help students to learn definitions and also to use and apply the vocabulary words in various contexts.
Vocabulary boosters for teaching Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Vocabulary Boosters for teaching Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet.
List vocabulary words featured in the book A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin. Use them for your class's weekly list, daily word study, or spelling exercises.
Vocabulary Boosters for teaching Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Vocabulary builder for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.
Vocabulary builder for The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson.
You may wish to review the following words with students before assigning the book.
Vocabulary Building Strategies
Words and their meaning are the building blocks of literacy development. Neuman offers ideas on how to create a world of words in the classroom
The top five word lists recommended by Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer and publisher of primary programs for Scholastic Education. Use them for vocabulary instruction in your own classroom.
If you can't tell a lame duck from a rubber chicken, here's a guide to help you understand the language of politics.