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.
What are some of your favorite ways to teach vocabulary?
How do you differentiate your vocabulary assessments?
I’d love to hear your ideas!