Words for Beginners
Even if your students are just beginning to grasp new vocabulary words, they will have fun learning synonyms for “beginner.”
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Vocabulary for New Learners
- Hand out the worksheet.
- Write the word abecedarian on the board, and ask your students what they think it means.
- Write their guesses on the board, and then explain that abecedarian means beginning students or new learners.
- Ask your students in what areas, subjects, or activities they are abecedarians.
- In the dictionary, the word abecedarian is near the start of the A words. Have your students write down five other words they think would be near the start of the A words. Do the same with B, C, and other letters of the alphabet.
- Ask your students for other words they know that describe beginners. After a few guesses, write “novice” and “apprentice” on the board and their respective definitions.
- Ask your students to think back to a time when they were novices at something. What was it? Who or what helped them get started? How did they feel? Are they still novices? If so, write to explain why. If not, write about how they have improved their skills.
- Even if students are not official apprentices, they have probably learned many things by working with or watching someone with more experience.
- Have your students list five things they learned with the help of others.
- Ask your students in what jobs or hobbies they would like to be apprentices.