Vocabulary Word Work for Upper Elementary

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2nd - 4th
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My students loved the variety of activities they could choose from using these. I feel these activities are purposeful.
I love this resource for engaging students in their vocabulary word work. I love that there are lots of options!


Word work activities for upper elementary! The focus is for the students to gain a deeper understanding of their vocabulary words!

These are highly engaging, rigorous, and low prep activities that can be used in centers or in daily review!

The activities can be used with any set of words and can be partner related.

Why will these activities help your students grow and make you happy?

Engagement- Many of these activities include working with a partner or include a fun activity! Students will love practicing their vocabulary words.

Many Choices- Students are able to choose a way to practice words that interest them! Also, teachers have choices and new ideas for ways to practice words!

Rigor- There are many activities that will make students think deeply about the words!

Low-Prep- All you have to do is print and go!

Activities Include:

1. Alike and Different

2. Pictionary

3. Silly Story

4. Word Sort

5. Questionnaire

6. Presentation Master

7. Twenty Questions

8. Shades of Meaning

9. Relate It

10. Analogies

11. Guess my Word

12. Four Square

13. Study Mate

14. Big Words

15. Act it Out

16. Sentence Creator

What are others saying?!

Kayla- "I love how you can use these activities with any words and can be used independently. Thank you!"

BreAnn- "Love this resource!! I searched high and low for some good word work activities for my 3rd graders and these are wonderful!!"

Amanda A- "I was having a hard time thinking of word work center ideas, this resource was a life saver. Also, my students really enjoyed the activities."

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I love using these word work activities in my daily five rotations! They truly amp up my reading instruction and keep it interesting and engaging!

Much Love,


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24 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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