Visualizing Vocabulary is a version of vocabulary practice that I developed for my work as an urban high school, reading intervention teacher. I wanted an activity that kids could use in multiple subject areas to not only practice, but actually learn, new vocabulary words. Since then, I have used it with multiple grade levels in different school settings and have found the activity to be quite successful!
Reading Strategies for Informational Text is a series comprised of my tried and true reading strategies.
Visualizing Vocabulary is an excellent activity to help students actively read text books, articles, and other nonfiction texts. While working on the activity, students stay actively engaged as they look closely at the information and make personal connections as they go. This set includes 2 versions of the activity: one where the student creates two visual representation and one where they create an original sentence using the word and one visual depiction. The act of creation makes the meaning of vocabulary words both personal and relevant.
The steps are simple:
As students read the text, they record the word and definition of the word. They may have to look words up if they cannot determine the word meaning by the context.
Students then begin the independent work of creating sentences or visual representations.
This activity is a very simple one to teach, but has several benefits. Once it is taught, it can be used repeatedly to engage with texts across subject areas. Upon completion, Visualizing Vocabulary is also a great study guide for recall and tests.