A variety of vocabulary strategies may be helpful in assisting your child or students in activating, acquiring, and applying appropriate vocabulary. These strategies are geared for middle schoolers, so feel free to modify the activities to fit your child and his learning style. . Many of these activities are great for the right-brained visual learner.
- Using a word processor, your child will type new vocabulary words in a word bank using their choice of font and color.
- Give your child six to ten vocabulary words in which they supply the meaning and provide an appropriate matching sentence.
- Have your child research vocabulary words you have given them, and using a word processor, create a three-column chart inserting the vocabulary word in the first column, a definition in the second column, and either a synonym/antonym, image representing the word, or an original sentence in the last column.
- Have your child create their own crossword puzzle, cloze passage, multiple choice quiz, or matching quiz using vocabulary you have supplied, or their own. Siblings can solve.
- Introduce new vocabulary as “word of the day.” Your child will write the word, identify its root word, prefix, suffix, synonyms, antonyms, illustrate the word, and use it in a sentence. This can be made into a vocabulary book.
- Using a word processor, your child will type new vocabulary words into a word bank and create a picture dictionary by inserting digital images or
clip art representing the new vocabulary.
- Using Paint or some other type of graphics software, your child will create mini-posters that include the vocabulary word, an illustration, and/or a definition.
- Using a word processor, word art, or concept mapping, your child will create a word splash of new vocabulary. Your child will add definitions, explanations, or illustrations of the vocabulary. They may also add text boxes, comments, or sound clips.
- Using sticky notes, your child will label items around the house…air duct, linoleum, radiator, beam, sill, pane, doorjamb, couch, stove…They can take pictures of the item with the vocabulary sticky note attached in order to make a picture dictionary.
- Using pictures from magazines, your child will select pictures that illustrate various vocabulary words.
- Using vocabulary from a text your child is reading, they will write a short story.
- Create a “word wall” in which your child adds words and definitions relating to a particular area of study.
- Have your child complete a “word cycle”.
- Have your child predict the meaning of vocabulary words you have given him.
- Have your child create a word explosion by choosing a root word and developing new words by adding prefixes and suffixes to develop new vocabulary.
- Have your child act out vocabulary words for sibling to guess.
- Have your child create a comic strip, or strips, complete with speech bubbles demonstrating the meaning of new words.