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Vocabulary Fun


While it is a given that all your students might not become walking thesauruses, with a little practice -- and a good dose of fun -- you can help them all develop a strong vocabulary. The lessons and articles below will support you in meeting that goal.

If it's lessons for teaching spelling that you're looking for, be sure to visit our Spelling Lessons archive.

Vocabulary Games & Activities

The following lesson plans offer fun tools for teaching and practicing vocabulary skills.

Education World Articles

Multiple Meanings Game
Hunt for the classmate whose definition card leads to the same word as yours. (Grades 2-8)


Use Education World's Vocab-u-lous! feature to challenge your middle-grades and high-school students to build a fabulous vocabulary. Students will use their dictionaries to help them figure out which of nine challenging Word Bank words fits in each of the ten sentences (one word gets used twice) on the Vocab-u-lous! activity sheet. Click here for our archive of printable Vocab-u-lous! work sheets.

Cooperative Group Spelling Game
Jane York, who teaches at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tennessee, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a fun and active game that can be used to reinforce spelling or vocabulary words. (Grades 3-8)

Vocabulary and Spelling: Do Your Students Say 'Boring'?
The Internet offers many tools for young etymologists and an abundance of great ideas for teaching vocabulary and spelling. Dig for definitions and pry for pronunciations -- virtual vocabulary has no limits!

Oh, My Words! Great Word Sites on the Net!
Looking for a way to pique your students' interest in the study of words? Any day is a good day to engage students in vocabulary building. These Web sites can become a vital resource in your language arts program.

'Every Day' Activities: Language
Daily reinforcement of basic skills can go a long way toward ensuring that kids learn and retain the skills you teach. You'll see the results of daily reinforcement in end-of-year test scores too!

Additional Articles

Many of these articles include great resources for teaching vocabulary.

Word Wall "Active-ities" Build Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing Skills
Five activities shared by teachers who use word walls in their classrooms. Also, Teachers Say Word Walls Work.

ABC Books Aren't for Babies!
Looking for an activity that will engage students of all ages while they learn? Challenge students to create their own ABC books! Included: More than 200 ABC book ideas -- spanning the grades and the curriculum.

All About Words: Dictionary Activities!
Calling all wordsmiths! Education World offers eight lessons to involve students in using dictionaries! Included: Activities that teach guide words, involve students playing a dictionary game, more.

Web Sites of Interest

Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun
This interactive and educational site was designed by Jacob Richman to give younger students an opportunity to learn vocabulary in a fun way.

Merriam-Webster Online
This site features on-line dictionaries, a thesaurus, a Word of the Day, and lots more. Plus, for younger students, the Word Central sub-site.

With a word list of more than 50,000 words, an integrated thesaurus, and a clear, comprehensive style of displaying words, The Wordsmyth is a great site to bookmark!

Learn Vocabulary Syndicate
This Web site was set up to make learning vocabulary a fun endeavor instead of a chore. The site has puzzles, games and contests to motivate users.