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What are some effective ways to teach vocabulary?

Feb 1, 2013 4:53pm

I am looking for work station ideas on how to teach vocabulary to 7th graders. Any suggestions on types of activities to do this? I appreciate the help.

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Feb 10, 2013 4:09pm

      My 7th graders enjoyed a strategy I called Vocabulary Statues. After exploring the vocab. words in a variety of ways, students worked in pairs and each pair took a word and brainstormed a statue that would demonstrate the definition of the word. I took a picture of the statue, projected it on the board and students discussed the definitions based on the poses students had created. For additional vocab. practice, I then pasted all the pictures into a powerpoint and added word bubbles to the statues. After printing powerpoint, students then used their knowledge of the words to use them in "conversations" between characters of the statues. Great creativity and use of technology. Found it to be very engaging for students who enjoyed the real world application--classmates.

      • Feb 14, 2013 6:30am

        My students love vocabulary review day. They get into groups of three. One person writes word on a half of a sheet of paper, colorful preferably. The second student writes the definition on the second half, once again colorful preferably. The third person is the artist and draws an illustration. Words, def., and drawing are then wadded up individually and placed into a pile of "snowballs". The students have a target area taped on wall (teacher prepares ahead of time) with points assigned. They take turns throwing snowballs at target for points, one person keeps track of points and talleis up at the end. (This helps add math into the activity) Then they each gather equal number of snowballs and match the word, def., and illistration. If they are correct they keep their points; however for each wrong answer they loose a set amount of points. Once students receive a certain amount of points (ex. 100 or 1,000) they get a prize.

        • Feb 1, 2013 5:36pm

          Have you tried the "kick me" method? A teacher from Illinois has a pretty cool technique she uses for vocal.

          • Feb 5, 2013 10:44am

            here's a work station video that can easily be adapted to focus on vocabulary.

            • Feb 5, 2013 10:57am

              Here's another great activity for vocabulary!


              • Feb 9, 2013 12:04pm

                I use a large marker and write the word at the top of one large construction paper. I have a pair of students look up the word on or a good dictionary. They write the definition, draw pictures showing relationship to the word, give examples of the word, write other spellings of the word, show the correct pronunciation of the word, show parts of speech, write sentences using the word, and show the syllables of the word. After doing this, they share as whole group.

                • Feb 9, 2013 3:02pm

                  How about vocabulary BINGO? Pass out index cards to each student and have them write the vocabulary word on one side with the definition on the other. For bellwork every morning, have them place the cards vocabulary word side up on their desks and read the definition. Students who guess correctly keep that card up. Students who don't, turn it back over. The student who gets BINGO first wins. Do this every day for a week or two (or until most students are remembering the definitions) and then quiz them on the words. Classes I've done this with have remembered the vocabulary words from my classes for years to come. Students are competitive by nature and will work hard to win. You can assign extra points to winners, stickers, candy, etc.

                  • Feb 9, 2013 3:08pm

                    I use the Frayer model but I've modified it to fit my scholars. It includes: word, definition, graphic, real life sentence, 3 synonyms and 3 antonyms. We use composition notebooks for vocabulary. During Literacy that is one of the "Must Do" stations. I also post my vocab words w/ pic on my wall word. I refer to them almost daily so the students get used to saying those words in their daily vocabulary.

                    • Feb 9, 2013 7:04pm

                      My students have always been encouraged to read; read a good newspaper, read their favorite fiction; read non-fiction titles on topics that interest them but to read voraciously. The more they read, the greater their vocabulary will become. As they read, they need to practice their writing. Writing is a language just like mathematics, music, etc.

                      The more you use it, the better it gets.