Vocabulary Building Teacher Resources
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Building a Skyscraper
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third activity in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Language Focus and Vocabulary Unit 7.1: Irregular Verbs, Describing People
Help your learners understand how to describe people and use irregular verbs in the past tense with a series of exercises. After practicing verbs such as became, bought, and knew, kids fill in the blanks to complete additional sentences. They work on vocabulary relating to sports and describing people, including eye color and height.
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Use an Inspiration mind map to enforce vocabulary acquisition. Visual symbols attached to a word help solidify the definition and concept. If you do not have Inspiration software, you can download a 30-day trial or simply look at the example shown and have learners draw their own mind maps by hand.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Vocabulary Unit 7.2: Sports and Describing People
Connect sports terms to their proper events with a vocabulary worksheet. Learners choose words from a word bank to pair with other words in phrases relating to sports, and complete sentences with additional verbs. The second part of the worksheet focuses on vocabulary used to describe a person's appearance, including weight, hair color, and height.
4th - 8th ESL & ELD CCSS: Adaptable
Words In the News Big Rise in CO2
Middle schoolers complete vocabulary and word work activities including an online quiz. They read an online article while focusing on answering specific information questions. They discuss ways to improve the environment and present them as pledges.
6th - 9th English Language Arts
New Review Vocabulary Building
Offer learners a step-by-step process for approaching unknown words with this PowerPoint presentation of vocabulary strategies, which details how to use context clues and word parts (roots, prefixes, suffixes), as well as encourages active reading for personal enrichment outside of class.
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Vocabulary Building Through Visualization of Word Meanings to Create Digital Art
Use online dictionaries to define vocabulary words and create a visualization of word meanings through digital art. Middle schoolers go online to define assigned vocabulary words. They visualize the meanings of the words in photo software and create a digital art product.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills
Designing a Skyscraper
Besides serving as awe-inspiring monuments of human achievement, skyscrapers are built to perform a wide range of functions in urban communities. The second lesson in this series begins by exploring the history of the Empire State Building through closely examining pictures of the family mansion and high class hotel that previously occupied the ground on which the iconic building currently stands.
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Language Focus and Vocabulary Unit 8.1: Sentence Forms, Travel and Weather
Practice a range of skills with a worksheet that covers both grammar and vocabulary. After working with imperative sentences, kids move on to sentences that include forms of going to and will and won't. The second half of the worksheet focuses on weather and travel vocabulary
3rd - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Arkansas and NAFTA
Build literacy through social studies and reading strategies. This instructional activity focuses on using pre-reading, vocabulary building, and comprehension questions to boost literacy while educating learners on international trade, NAFTA, and tariffs.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History
What is a Skyscraper?
Skyscrapers are amazing feats of architectural design that create the iconic skylines of the world's biggest cities. Young architects explore the defining characteristics of these monstrous towers with the first lesson plan in this four-part series.
2nd - 6th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
Mark Twain: "The Glorious Whitewasher"
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence...expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Readers are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as possible. The passage is included with bolded vocabulary words to define in-context, and underlined words defined in the margins.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report.
9th - 12th Science
New Review Writing with Wow Words and Building Vocabulary
There are some words out there that just make you say, "Wow!" Encourage your class to find and use these words in their writing to make their work more interesting and complex. This packet goes through the writing process, beginning with story starters and storyboarding, and then goes into wow words.
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Building a Skyscraper
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third lesson plan in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when designing and building skyscrapers.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Building Relationships: The Orphan of Ellis Island
Family and friendship are two very important themes of the historical fiction novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff. From video clips and writing prompts to reader's theater and family interviews, this resource provides numerous activities that engage children in learning more about these important aspects of life.
K - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Vocabulary Study: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
If you are studying Esperanza Rising, this is a great resource for teaching and practicing vocabulary from the novel. A total of 50 vocabulary words are included, split up into five lists of ten, and labeled by chapter. Each word is paired with a definition, part of speech, common derivatives, and a sentence from the book.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Words in the News Smoking Ban- 15 February 2006
Young scholars complete vocabulary building exercises before reading an online article. They complete worksheets and an online quiz. They focus on relaltive clauses on the final worksheet. They write a letter about second hand smoke in a public place.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
New Review The Sign of the Beaver Vocabulary
A series of activities based on Elizabeth George Speare's The Sign of The Beaver takes your class through vocabulary, reading comprehension, and literary analysis. A good packet or collection of assignments for a reading circle.
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable