Fun Vocabulary Practice Activities for Any Word List

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  1. Whether you've chosen words from literature, from test prep lists, from a vocabulary book, or hand-selected words you think your students should know, the exercises in this bundle will complement them perfectly. Designed to work with any vocabulary list, these activities, games, and practice workshe
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Students can and should have fun reviewing and practicing their vocabulary words. Repetition focused on unique, brain-based, differentiated, student-centered approaches can bring vocabulary to life for students. These vocabulary practice activities for older students can be used with any word list and are designed to improve retention.

In this teaching resource, you will find four different tools to add to your repertoire:

1. A vocabulary dice roll-a-task game. Each level of the game becomes increasingly more difficult according to Bloom's Taxonomy. One die per group is required in order to play.

2. A picture-based associations activity that consists of 78 quality images to use with almost any Tier 2 word. Please note that there are two different versions of this activity. One PPT slide contains four numbered images per slide, and the other has single-image slides. With this activity, you will have an optional student note sheet that will help you discuss the images with your students more thoroughly. These PPT slides are secure. Fonts and graphics are protected. However, you can edit the presentation to add additional images. This activity is not necessarily designed to be used in one sitting. There are enough images that you could use them with multiple lists throughout the year.

3. A 6 room doodle activity. This exercise capitalizes on the brain's ability to make connections through creative doodling by asking students to doodle an aspect of their vocabulary word in six different ways. An example is included.

4. Word Nerd bookmarks. These bookmarks provide a way for students to record when they locate your vocabulary words in reading outside of class or independently during class. They are designed to allow students to earn one point of extra credit per word. Suggestions for organizing and recording these bookmarks are included.

Make your instruction meaningful with these vocabulary practice activities for any word list. Use them as stations or literacy center activities, as daily work, as bell ringers, as homework, as exit slips, or as elbow-partner discussion material.

They could work for any middle or high school student but are especially effective for grades 7-10. Student maturity and ability levels may differ from one class to another. Activities are differentiated by learning styles and based upon brain-based learning research.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).


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