These cards can make reviewing vocabulary words fun for you and your students!
This file includes two sets of cards for grades 6 – 9 ELA.
♦ Pages 3 – 26 provide a colorful design that you can print on cardstock and laminate for long-lasting cards to use in games and activities in your classroom.
♦ Pages 27 – 50 provide a black and white low-ink set that you can print for one-time use or to give to students for a study aid.
♦ Pages 51 - 56 provide a chart with all of the terms included and the ELA standards they support.
The front of each card has an ELA academic vocabulary term. The back of the card has the term, the strand (literature, grammar, writing, etc.) in which the term would be used, and a brief definition. Note:
the card backs on pages 27 -50 do not show the term so that these can be used as flashcards for study.
How to Use
I hot-glued magnets to the back of a small plastic storage box (5¼ by 4 by 1¼ inches) so that I could keep these cards right beside my Academic Vocabulary Word Wall. A sandwich size plastic bag would work as well.
I begin the year with all of the cards in my file drawer and move cards into the box on the board as we add those terms to the word wall and our academic vocabulary dictionaries. That way, I know anything in the box is a word I have already taught in class.
There are so many ways we use the cards:
♦ Time filler for last 1 – 2 minutes of class
Randomly pull a card from the box and read the definition aloud. The first student to give the correct term gets to pull the next card. If the class needs some extra motivation, sometimes I’ll give a mint or a sticker or some other tiny prize.
♦ Whole class game
My students love the game where they roll a die to determine what they have to do with the word. There are several variations of this, but we do this: 1 = Describe it, 2 = Draw it, 3 = Sing it, 4 = Act it out, 5 = Use it in a sentence, and 6 = Free choice. One option to make sure everyone is involved is to make this like charades in that the class doesn’t know the word and has to guess what the “performer” is describing, etc.
♦ Learning station activity
If you use centers or station rotations, this can be a fun addition. You could have the same game as above, or there are lots of other game options for small groups.
Example: Print single-sided cards rather than back-to-back. Play Go Fish so that students have to make pairs of cards with the term and matching definition.
Use these cards together with my other Academic Vocabulary and Common Core resources to get the most from your ELA academic vocabulary instruction.
Academic Vocabulary Word Wall
Academic Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
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Academic Vocabulary Bundle
for Grades 6 - 9 ELA
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