This 8th Grade Vocabulary Words of the Week resource is a complete vocabulary curriculum for 8th grade ELA. There are 90 vocabulary words included in this resource. Students will work with these 90 words all year so that they can walk away from your class truly “owning” these words instead of simply memorizing long lists of words each week only to forget them a short time later. In the first 90 days, students will learn all of the words. In the last 90 days, students will review all of the words. You may choose to teach a word of the day, five words of the week, or an entire list of words at once. A complete list consists of ten new words plus five review words from previous lists. If you choose to teach 5 words a week, you will be able to use this resource for the entire year. A test is provided after every new ten words.
Here is what’s included:
• 90 vocabulary words – In the first 90 days, students will learn all 90 words. In the last 90 days, students will review all of these words.
• Picture cards with definitions and mnemonic devices for remembering the words
• Word list charts in a variety of formats – charts are included for introducing five words a week or for giving 10 words at one time.
• Assessments – A test is provided after every new ten words. Tests also review previous words.
• Word wall cards- Use these to display the words as you learn them
• Portable word wall – If you prefer for students to keep their own “word wall lists” in a folder~ a digital word wall is also included for Google Slides
• Task Cards- These can be used for review and for games
• Game Ideas – Use these game ideas to make review fun!
• Graphic organizers – This is an added activity that students can use to work with the words. A digital version of these graphic organizers is also provided for use with Google Slides.
Memory experts tell us that mnemonics, or devices that help us to anchor concepts in our minds, are the best and easiest ways to remember things. This resource provides one word of the day for the first ninety days, the definition, and a mnemonic link to help students remember the word and its definition. Colorful word cards that have the word, definition, mnemonic, and a picture are included in a separate folder in this resource. You can use these each day as you introduce a word of the day, or you can have words of the week and introduce five of them at the same time at the beginning of each week. These cards can then be displayed in your room or distributed to students.
Also, brain research shows that in order for knowledge to be remembered in the long run, it must be constantly refreshed and repeated. That is why this is considered a spiraling vocabulary program. Vocabulary list one is the only list that has ten words. After that list, each list introduces ten and then reviews five of the previous words. Once the last set of new words is taught – list 9, list 10 will reintroduce list 1 along with five different words to review. List 11 will reintroduce list 2 along with five other words to review and so on. The words are constantly spiraling throughout the year.
There are tests provided to be used after every 10 words. If you use a word of the day or five words of the week, you will give a test once every two weeks.
What you will do each week:
• On Mondays, use the colorful picture cards to introduce the words of the week, word of the day, or words in the list. We introduce words of the week, and introduce the five on Monday. Make sure to talk about the mnemonic tricks provided on the cards.
• Distribute the chart that you have chosen to use.
• On Mondays, Distribute the chart that you have chosen to use. Have students fill in the definitions, part of speech, and mnemonic (if you choose to use the chart with those options).
• On Tuesdays, introduce the next word if you’re doing a word of the day, or review the words, if you have already introduced all five for the week, and have students fill in the synonyms and antonyms for the words.
• On Wednesday, introduce the next word or review the words, and have students write a sentence using the word. One option is to have them find a sentence on the Internet. This usually exposes them to several sentences, which can increase comprehension of the word.
• On Thursdays, review the words, share sentences, and/or use Quizlet or vocabulary.com to review the words. If your students have access to technology, Quizlet and vocabulary.com are free online sites that you can use to help improve students’ knowledge of these words. After creating a free account with vocabulary.com, you can simply type in the words of the week, and the program will do the rest. Students can play games and earn badges as they work with words. They can even compete with their classmates and students around the world. It’s wonderful! Once you have taught the entire list, on a Thursday before the Friday test, you can play a game to review the word list. We have included task cards and different game ideas in separate folders. Kahoot.com is another free online tool that can be used to play a game if your students all have devices.
• On Fridays, you can have students make their own mnemonic cards for a chosen synonym of a word and share them with the class. Of course, every other Friday, you can give the test for the entire list.
• There are word wall cards included if you want to create a wall of words as you learn them.
• Encourage students to use the words in their writing and speech. Consider these words your “class words”. You can consider giving extra credit points if students find them in a book, have a bulletin board where you place “found” words of the day from other resources, etc. Use the words yourself too! Do whatever it takes so that students learn these 90 words before the end of the year.
This product is included in our 8th Grade Mega Bundle!