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Differentiated Vocabulary Boosting Activities

There are a lot of theories about teaching vocabulary.  Are you bored with your method? Is it not working as well as you’d like it to? Are you looking for something other than flash cards or your standard vocabulary activities?

Try some of these activities I created for our 7th grade Inclusion Language Arts class.  These activities allow for differentiation, discussion, and real world experiences with vocabulary words taught in class.

We are currently using these activities with vocabulary from A Wrinkle in Time.  The students were broken into appropriate groups (test scores and our best judgement), and each group received 2 or 3 of these activities to complete.

The activities require students to make connections, use vocabulary in short narrative paragraphs, break words into syllables, identify word parts and parts of speech, use metacognitive strategies, and discuss and use vocabulary with peers in real conversation.

I am attaching the PDF (Differentiated Vocabulary Activities PDF) and I will also attach a link to a Word file you can save and edit for your own purposes. (Word version)

What are some of your favorite ways to teach vocabulary?

How do you differentiate your vocabulary assessments?

I’d love to hear your ideas!

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3 responses

  1. I am intrigued by the your incorporating the book “Side Yard Super Hero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher.” We have a student with cerebral palsy as well. I am going to be bold and ask for permission to use your worksheets you mention in the unit. If they are on your blog, I am not able to locate them.

    I enjoy your posts! Thank-you so much for sharing.

    1. You are welcome to anything I have made. I am sure i have more than what I posted. If you email me, I will be happy to share!!

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