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A Guide to Reviewing Vocabulary Terms Before High-Stakes Testing

In this article, you'll explore the benefits and rationale for teaching and reviewing vocabulary strategies as part of high-stakes test preparation!...

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Fun Vocabulary Activities for End of the School Year

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself on the struggle bus right alongside my students. While they are anxious for summer, I am anxious to...

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Baseball Parts of Speech Grammar Game, Grades 2–12

The use of sports in the classroom is a great way to engage young people in learning! One of my favorite days of the year is baseball’s Opening Day. I...

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Vocabulary Lesson Plan: March Madness Competition, Grades 2–12

Have students fill out brackets for vocabulary words and let them decide the "ultimate vocabulary word" in the categories of nouns, verbs, and...

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Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction and How to Get the Words to Stick!

Quality vocabulary instruction is a goal for all teachers at the beginning of the school year, but it can quickly become lost in the midst of all the...

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8 Ways to Integrate Greek/Latin Roots into Vocabulary Routines

I often get asked about how best to teach Greek and Latin Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes. Today I will share ways I integrate teaching Greek/Latin Roots...

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Help Struggling Readers Build Vocabulary; 10+ Printables to Get You Started

I love working with our district’s literacy coaches and reading specialists, and I have a special place in my heart for Ms. Long, the reading...

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8 Printable Halloween Language Arts Worksheets!

Download eight free Halloween language arts worksheets that will engage students in learning and make your classroom feel truly spooktacular! The...

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Halloween Grammar Parts of Speech Worksheets for Grades 3–5

October is the time to year that welcomes the ghosts and goblins associated with Halloween. The end of the month usually signifies the end of a term or...

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Team-Building Activities for High School Students

Over the last two years, my colleagues and I have started playing board games during lunch. Not only does this provide us with much needed stress...

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Vocab Gal Top 10 Best of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting over the best new ideas from the Vocab Gal blog. I love challenging myself to think critically about...

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3rd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 3rd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! These free...

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Using Learning Centers to Enhance Vocabulary Instruction

I often find that students need variety and a short time frame to keep them focused on learning; therefore, I really love setting up vocabulary...

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Summer Vocabulary Games for Learners and Caregivers

Summer is long, and learners need to practice their vocabulary or they lose much of the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year. A great way to...

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Water Balloon Word Toss — A Vocabulary Review Activity Students Will Love

My children love to toss water balloons, and I couldn’t help but think that combining a favorite pastime with word learning would make for an awesome...

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A Videogame-Inspired Classroom Vocabulary Game!

Many students love paying video games. As a teacher, I’ve heard countless conversations about which video games are the most fun to play, what gaming...

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Shamrock Parts of Speech Review Game, Grades 3–6

The month of March not only welcomes changing temperatures, spring break vacations, and college basketball tournaments, but also St. Patrick's Day!...

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Vocabulary Practice With Rap Your Words

I love being able to let popular celebrities inspire my students with a positive educational message, especially the most unlikely ones. Eminem did my...

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Vocabulary Practice With Vocabulary Toss

My colleague Valerie plays a game with her students that I like to call “Vocabulary Toss.” I adapted this simple vocabulary practice game to include...

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17 Printable Vocabulary-Building Games

I love vocabulary-building games and activities; the students are always excited to learn and the classroom becomes a genuinely positive space. I can...

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Back-to-School Activities for Middle School

It is always difficult to know exactly what to do during the first days of school, but I do know that I want to establish a great classroom community....

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6th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 6th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

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5th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 5th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

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4th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 4th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

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2nd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Printables, and Resources

Today I'm sharing 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! As you prepare...

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Relay with Words Vocabulary Game, Grades 4–12

The Relay with Words Vocabulary Game gets students moving and provides vocabulary instruction indirectly through play! This interactive vocabulary game...

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Dice-Inspired Vocabulary Games for High School

I firmly believe you cannot have enough vocabulary games for high school students. Having a stockpile of vocab games will come to your aid numerous...

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Amp up the fun! 6 Printable Classroom Vocabulary Games to Review Words

Its the time of year when keeping students engaged in learning is harder and harder to do. With lessons still needing to be taught, and vocabulary word...

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1 Foot... 2 Feet... Use Hopscotch to Identify Parts of Speech!

Hopscotch is a game whose origins date back to Roman times. Today, I'm suggesting you take advantage of the nice weather and move grammar class outside...

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Hit a Verbal Home Run with a Baseball Vocabulary Game, Grades 3–12

Opening day is April 1st , and my baseball vocabulary game will be a real hit with your students!

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How to Create Student Vocabulary Game Boards to Review Words, Grades 3–12

Have you seen my Vocab Land Game Board? Out of all of the amazing creations the graphics team has come up with based on my simple, typed ideas, it is...

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Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle Game, Grades 6–12

With testing season on the horizon, I've been taking inventory of my "go-to" grammar games and activities. Because students work at different speeds, I...

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Treat Your Students with the Grammar Land Game Board, Grades 3–12

With an 11 and 9-year-old at home, board games are a great way to spend a weekend evening. Knowing how much we enjoy playing board games at home, I...

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Pin the Part of Speech on the Pig Grammar Game (K–5)

The Pin the Part of Speech on the Pig Grammar Game combines learning the parts of speech and a modified version of the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

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Go Fish Vocabulary Game, Grades 1–12

Today I'm sharing a fun, relatively quick vocabulary game that helps students master a few of their trickier vocabulary words! The idea came to me when...

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Vocabulary Checkers Game, Grades 1–12

I adored playing checkers growing up, and I thought that a vocabulary version would be fun and easy to play, as well as a great review for students.

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Picabulary Vocabulary Game, Grades 3–12

Although I am a terrible artist, I do enjoy the odd round of Pictionary every now and again. It is quite easy to play a simplified version of the game...

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Bingo Vocabulary Game, Grades 1–12

While many may already be playing Bingo to review vocabulary with their students, it has taken me until this year to actually to create my own Bingo...

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Pin the Part of Speech on the Pumpkin Grammar Game, Grades 1–5

Halloween provides countless images and games that children associate with this fun holiday. I have provided a great grammar game, Pin the Part of...

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Halloween-Themed Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle, Grades 6–12

For many of us, the onset of Halloween means an end to the first quarter of school. Students might be finishing up projects or taking those first...

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"Mother, May I" Vocabulary Game, Grades 2–12

One of my favorite games growing up was “Mother, May I?” where participants took turns asking the “Mother” if s/he could step forward in a certain...

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Back-to-School Icebreaker: Puzzle Together Your Vocabulary Words, Grades 1–12

 Are you looking for a fun AND educational back-to-school icebreaker? With a few minor tweaks, Puzzle Together Your Vocabulary Words makes a great...

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Fun with Synonyms: Guess That Word Vocabulary Card Game, Grades 3–8

When I play party games I always look for a way to tweak them for vocabulary instruction. Recently I updated the game card templates of one of my most...

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Vocabulary Land Game Board, Grades 4–12

It's no secret that I'm a fan of vocabulary games. So today I am exhilarated to share my latest vocabulary activity-it is a truly magnificent board...

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Vocabulary Game: You’re on a Roll, Grades 3–12

Students love to play games and be social.  Playing with dice gives students an opportunity to practice their vocabulary in an enjoyable way.  The...

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Back-to-School Vocabulary Icebreaker: Breaking the Ice with Vocab, Grades 4–12

Is anyone else frantically planning, cleaning, or just stressing out as the school year looms over us?  I was at a great workshop last week (Wexner...

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Puzzle Together Your Words Vocabulary Activity, Grades 1–12

I asked my students this week how they best reviewed their vocabulary words. One of my students, grabbed some cardstock paper and started to draw,...

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Vocabulary Games: Banned Words, Grades 3–8

Yesterday I realized I could tweak one of my favorite games to play in college for classroom vocabulary instruction! 

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Vocabulary Game: "Mother May I" Use a Vocabulary Word?

One of my favorite games growing up was “Mother, May I” where participants took turns asking the “Mother” if s/he could step forward in a certain...

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Vocabulary Game: Relay with Vocabulary Words!

The Relay with Words Vocabulary Game gets students moving and provides vocabulary instruction indirectly through play! This interactive vocabulary...

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Vocabulary Games: Memory With Words, Grades K–8

My friend Misty shared with me a game she created as part of her work in brain studies at Johns Hopkins –yes, she’s that awesome! I am grateful for...

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Vocabulary Activity: Scavenger Hunt for Vocabulary

Do your students ever find it creepy how you teach them a word and then it shows up later that day, or that week, in their own lives?  Do you have...

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Vocabulary Games: Tell the Round Robin Story

I remember in sixth grade telling “Round Robin” stories where one person started a sentence and then we had to go in order around the circle, each adding...

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Vocabulary Games: Celebrity Throw-Down with Vocabulary

I have been asking my students about their favorite celebrities lately-not because I want to keep up with Kim Kardashian or obsess over Kelly Osbourne,...

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Vocabulary Practice: Improv + Vocabulary = Kinesthetic Vocab Vim!

I had grand aspirations of becoming an integral member of my college’s improv comedy troup[1] but I just cannot be funny so spontaneously and so...

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Oranges to Oranges Vocabulary Game, Grades 4–12

Based upon the popular game, Apples to Apples™ from Mattel®, my version, Oranges to Oranges Vocabulary Game, puts a twist on the game using your...

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