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QUICK Vocabulary Review & Practice Activities for Students (Handouts Included)

As I prepare my students for their semester exam that will include 80-100 vocabulary words, I feel the need to insert little vocabulary activities to...

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Last Week of School Activity– 5 Pieces of Advice Using Vocabulary Words

So often we teachers impart advice to students, but they often do not get to do the same. Give your budding sages the opportunity to impart their...

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Shakespeare Lesson Plan: Create Thine Own Vocabulary Insult, Grades 6–12

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23rd have students create Shakespeare-like insults*, but with vocabulary words! This silly Shakespeare...

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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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April Poetry Month – Fun Poetry Activities & Resources for Teachers

These fun poetry activities will make it easy to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month in your classroom. All month, students and teachers across the...

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Using Prezi in the Classroom to Teach Vocabulary, Grades 6–12

One of my favorite vocabulary activities is Present Vocabulary with Prezi. I quickly learned that combining technology with vocabulary instruction...

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ESL Valentine's Day Lesson for Vocabulary Learning, Grades 1–12

Valentine's Day is approaching and offers teachers with the opportunity to link ESL students' interest in the calendar holiday with vocabulary...

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2018 Olympic Activities for Students That Will Strengthen Vocabulary

Are you and your students excited for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games? The Winter Olympics are especially exciting for me because they take place when...

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Winter & Holiday-Themed Activities Students Can Use to Review Vocabulary and Improve Writing

Get students back on task and engaged in learning with these winter and holiday-themed activities! Below are six printable worksheets students can use...

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Thanksgiving Vocabulary Worksheets Your Students Will Love

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom with vocabulary words! Like most holidays, the festivities surrounding Thanksgiving give teachers an...

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Fall-Inspired Haiku Poetry Worksheet

When the weather starts to turn chilly, I want to grab a mug of hot apple cider and go on a hayride. I also want to play in the leaves. While I do not...

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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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Free Earth Day Vocabulary Activity for All Grade Levels

The Earth Day Vocabulary Activity is a great way to connect vocabulary instruction, art, and the environment. 

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Compose Love Notes to Words with a Valentines Day Vocabulary Activity

Valentine’s Day is approaching and you know how much I LOVE words, so I thought it would be fun to compose valentines to vocabulary words!

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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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Top 3 Best Traits Vocabulary Activity, Grades 3–12

It’s so easy to put ourselves down and give up when challenges arise; I know, I sometimes feel defeated by the innumerable ways that I could be a...

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Word Superheroes Vocabulary Challenge, Grades 1–12

When there is a large "V" shining in the sky, I know that it is time for me, Vocab Gal, to take to my computer and write an inspiring vocabulary blog...

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Vacation Postcards– A Summer Vocabulary Activity

I love getting mail and I know my students do, too. Just in time for summer, here is a unique vocabulary activity that will encourage students to use...

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The Top Three Reasons for Teaching Vocabulary Words

What keeps you passionate about teaching vocabulary words to students? Here are three reasons why you can be proud and passionate about teaching...

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10 Quick Write Prompts to Practice Vocabulary

My colleagues and I often start off the day with “Quick Writes” — activities in which students write about a topic for three to five minutes, without...

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Winter Vocabulary Worksheets Your Students Will Love

We have already had one snow day and two delayed starts for cold morning temperatures here in my Mid-western town of Columbus, Ohio. Students love to...

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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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3 Vocabulary Practice Worksheets for Digitally Savvy Students

So often, students feel a disconnect between their personal lives and their school lives, and I want to help find opportunities to connect the two. I...

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Holiday-Inspired Vocabulary Activity: Design the Perfect Gift

During the holiday season, we are often consumed with finding the perfect gifts to give our loved ones. Trying to find a gift that convey your...

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Pumpkin Patch Fall Vocabulary Activity, Grades 1–12

Pumpkins-to me no vegetable has more connotations associated with it. Pumpkins remind me of Fall and Halloween and Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie and...

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Vocabulary-Building Worksheets That Combine Creative Graphics & Writing

At a workshop, a teacher gave me this idea for an interactive vocabulary activity as well as permission to share it on the blog. Thank you to this...

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Student of the Week Vocabulary Activity for Grades 1–12

In the small town where I teach, the local paper runs a “Teen of the Week” article about a promising senior every Friday. I am often interviewed as to...

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Summer Soundtrack Vocabulary Activity, Grades 6–12

I got to borrow my dad’s car for one week on vacation and listened to two Sirius radio channels - 90’s on 9 and Pop2K on 10. My son keeps asking me why...

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Building Academic Vocabulary with Virtual Museum Tours, Grades 1–12

Sometimes the best place for students to learn is outside of the classroom. Unfortunately, it's not very often teachers get to take their class on a...

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Building Vocabulary Skills with a Paint Chips Printable Worksheet, Grades 3–12

I love looking at paint chip strips; each color’s name is so evocative of lovely ideas, foods and places that I always find myself wanting to decorate...

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Design Your Own Dwelling Vocabulary Activity, Grades 2–12

It’s always interesting to see where people live and how they decorate their homes. Getting a glimpse of a persons living quarters can tell you a lot...

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Snow Day Details Vocabulary Activity, Grades 1–8

Last year when many of us were experiencing severe "Polar Vortex" storms, I shared a simple writing activity where students describe their ideal snow...

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The Turkey's Talking Vocabulary Activity, K–12

How can a turkey get out of Thanksgiving without being eaten? By describing how delicious all the other foods at the table are, of course!

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The Big Three Comma Rules Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet, Grades 3–12

Commas, commas everywhere. But where should they really be? Comma placement can be confusing for students. This tip sheet explains the top three comma...

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Back-to-School Icebreaker: Create a Name with Vocabulary Words, Grades 3–12

This simple back-to-school vocabulary activity is a great icebreaker and will get students immediately learning new vocabulary words. Also, this...

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Vocabulary Strategies: Vocab Workshop Word Walls, Grades 1–6

I love word walls for the simple fact that they are amazing teaching tools. With them, both my students and I have a permanent reminder of vocabulary...

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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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Back-To-School: Vocabulary Sheet of the Week, Grades 1–12

Every day, my students walk into my classroom and pull out their Vocabulary Sheet of the Week. They record the two vocabulary words that we review...

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Summer Learning: A Pinterest Board Vocabulary Activity, Grades 6–12

Trying to keep students engaged in learning throughout the summer is never an easy task. Summer learning not only requires students skip out on...

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Vocabulary Comic Strip Activity, Grades 2–12

I love reading comic strips; I especially love comic strips that include vocabulary words.  I have cut out and posted several around my room, and...

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Vocabulary Activity: Vocabulary Pumpkin Patch, Grades 1–12

Pumpkins-to me no vegetable has more connotations associated with it. Pumpkins remind me of Fall and Halloween and Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie and...

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Vocabulary Activity: Creating Pinterest Vocabulary Boards, Grades 1–12

With the Pinterest Board Vocabulary Activity students draw or cut out images of things that will help them remember their vocabulary words! These...

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Vocabulary Activity: Create a Name with Vocab

At this time of year I am desperate to learn students’ names and personalities, as I want students to feel that I value who they are as individuals. ...

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Summer Vocabulary Learning: There's a Word for That Activity, Grades 6–12

I propose we keep great words at the front of our students' brains (and tongues) during summer break by participating in this fun and easy activity!...

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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 Activity: Bowdlerizing to Vocabularizing Poetic Texts

I love the word bowdlerize-not because I love censoring (to bowdlerize is to censor/expurgate materials), but because I love the story behind this...

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Vocabulary Activity: Feeling Lucky with Vocabulary Words

Just when I needed some inspiration for this week’s vocabulary activity, my amazing new friend Becky Amaral, who teaches sixth and seventh grade...

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Vocabulary Activity: Create Your Own Award with Vocabulary

As promised, I mused over vocabulary activities involving awards after receiving approbation as a Best Teacher Blogger  from We Are Teachers two weeks...

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Vocabulary In The Lyrics Activity – Exploring Words & Context Clues in Music

So often, we think that students will never voluntarily expand their vocabulary. We think it is only through our constant inundation of vocabulary in...

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Create A Vocab Playlist Vocabulary Activity, Grades 6–12

My students love music-they walk in to class with earphones in or t-shirts blazoned with their favorite bands. One day last week, I was reviewing...

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How to Use Author Interviews to Meet Common Core Standards

Since the beginning of the year, I have been showing my students the Vocab Gal videos where I interview young adult authors about their favorite words...

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Vocabulary Activity: Words Make The Man

I’d like to think that words make the man, rather than clothes (I also want to say human rather than just man).  When it came to making my own...

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Vocabulary Practice: The Writing on the Classroom Walls

I will admit to being a high school English teacher with a word wall. Okay three word walls to be precise-one for each level of vocabulary I teach.  I...

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Describing Your Perfect Meal Vocabulary Activity, Grades 1–12

Everyone has a favorite meal-foods that conjure up fond memories or set one’s taste buds to watering. Today, I propose we harness students’ stomachs...

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Vocabulary Activity: Word Girl Skits, Grades 2–12

Inspired by the PBS show, Word Girl, I've created a vocabulary activity where students teach vocabulary words to each other by creating a performing...

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Teaching Academic Vocabulary with Virtual Museum Tours

I always strive to come up with unique activities for teaching academic vocabulary. When vocabulary instruction becomes redundant, students tend to...

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Vocabulary Activity: There’s a Word for That

I propose to get great words at the front of our and our students’ brains (and tongues) by participating in this fun and easy activity. The Word for...

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Vocabulary Activity: Branding with Vocabulary

Have you ever noticed how many vocabulary words are in brands?  Every year, my kids will walk up to me with a blank CD, DVD or jump drive and say,...

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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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Teaching Vocabulary: Quizzes with Multiple Purposes

One of my favorite activities is to combine a writing assignment with a vocabulary test.  I get two to three grades with one “opportunity” and not...

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