Vocabulary Ideas

What is it?

Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to be able to communicate with others. This can include understanding what words mean when we see them in written materials, like books, or understanding words that people use when they are talking.

Vocabulary Resources:

  • Word Structure Strategy Cards - Word structure strategy cards.
  • Apposition - Sometimes the meaning or definition of the word is right in the sentence between two commas or in a sentence close by. A strategy card.

  • Context Clues - Context clues strategy card from Open Court.

  • Kansas Parent Information Resource - Two packets of activities that can be utilized to build students vocabulary skills. These packets were designed for teachers and parents. These resources are appropriate for grades K-5

  • Florida Center for Reading Research - These center ideas were created by the Florida Center for Reading Research (www.fcrr.org) to help teachers prepare meaningful and purposeful literacy activities while they work with small groups of children. These resources are appropriate for grades K-5.

  • Strategies to Build Students' Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 - This 32 page booklet provides a variety of strategies to enhance vocabulary instruction in the secondary classroom.
  • What Words Do I Teach? - This one-page resource provides guidance to content-area teachers as to which words to focus on for explicit vocabulary lessons. - Heather Eubank

Vocabulary Websites:

Student Interactive

Tech Teachers - A list of interactive sites for learning vocabulary.


JC Schools- Academic Vocabulary Words for K-8.

DLTK- Cutomize your own bingo cards.

http://www.tampareads.com/trial/vocabulary/index-vocab.htm - National List of Vocabulary Words K-5.


San Diego Quick Test - San Diego Quick Test: A quick test to determine reading level based on a list of vocabulary words.

Word Wall and Dolch Words

Mrs. Perkins - List of preprimer-third grade dolch words, sight word stories, and other forms and assessment materials.

School Bell- First Grade Teacher's Site with great word wall and dolch activities.


Mrs. Perkins Dolch Downloads




Acting out new vocabulary words for classmates is a good way to reinforce meaning and a chance for other students to see it in a new way. One pair of students had "a kid aquiring a tedious chore" and another pair acted out "a parent aghast at the chaos of a son's room." The other students watched and figured out which voc. words they were doing and it became a  fun way to understand the new words. This will stick in their minds more than just hearing the meaning. The key is having multiple exposures to a word, not just one time in the reading.