Vocabulary Development Resources from TeachersFirst

This collection of reviewed tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students to improve and master daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary, and ESL/ELL language. Some are tools for study and practice of terms in any class--including world languages, while others focus specifically on written and spoken English. Be sure to check "In the classroom" for ways each resource might help in your teaching area. Share your favorites on a free TeachersFirst public page for students and parents to use for vocabulary practice outside of class.

 

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Daily Buzz Word - Merriam Webster

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6 to 12
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This is a just-for-fun site that actually helps to build vocabulary skills. Each day a new and challenging word is posted, along with information on what it means and how ...more
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This is a just-for-fun site that actually helps to build vocabulary skills. Each day a new and challenging word is posted, along with information on what it means and how to use it. You can even click on the "hear it" button to find out how it's pronounced. There's even a related "Word Whiz" quiz to test knowledge of etymology.

tag(s): vocabulary (317), word choice (28)

In the Classroom

Include this link on your teacher web page or share it on the your interactive whiteboard or screen as students enter class each day. During your unit on word roots and affixes, challenge students to find the root of today's word. Invite students to create their own personal vocabulary journal using this and other vocabulary tools found from TeachersFirst's vocabulary development listings. Maybe even create a class vocabulary wiki with individual or student group pages and allow students to creatively define and illustrate their new-found words.

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A Separate Peace - Alphabetically - Myvocabulary.com

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9 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for A Separate Peace. Find interactive vocabulary activities using A...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for A Separate Peace. Find interactive vocabulary activities using A Separate Peace vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): john knowles (4)

In the Classroom

Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study A Separate Peace. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Heroes and Heroines in the Family - Yale University

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7 to 8
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Students analyze Native American, European, Puerto Rican, African, and American folk tales while strengthening vocabulary development, reading and writing abilities, interpersonal skills,...more
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Students analyze Native American, European, Puerto Rican, African, and American folk tales while strengthening vocabulary development, reading and writing abilities, interpersonal skills, and creativity. Folktales chosen as the basis for this unit explore the universal theme of using strength and intellect to accomplish great feats.

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Math: Weights & Measures - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights and Measures related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): measurement (180), vocabulary (317)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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French Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for French vocab. Find interactive vocabulary activities using French vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for French vocab. Find interactive vocabulary activities using French vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): french (89), vocabulary (317)

In the Classroom

Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Spanish Vocabulary Words - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Spanish Vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Spanish...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Spanish Vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Spanish vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): spanish (109), vocabulary (317)

In the Classroom

Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Fire Safety Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Fire Safety. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Fire Safety-related...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Fire Safety. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Fire Safety-related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): fire safety (14), vocabulary (317), vocabulary development (120)

In the Classroom

Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make them available as links on your teacher public page. Have students (or groups) create their own illustrated dictionaries of terms using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. As you add more vocabulary lists during the year, have them select their favorite 6-10 terms from each list to add to their "book."

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