Get ready for back to school season with this year-long vocabulary program for grades 4-8. Students will use various skills as they complete vocabulary activities and practices. Students will use words in context, identify examples, and discover word origins. They will also work with parts of speech, prefixes, roots, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms. This vocabulary program is also great for home school parents!
In addition to printable activities, there are additional resources, including teacher presentation files, videos, Kahoots, Quizlet sets, word card activities, and QR codes.
If you're not sure if you're ready to buy, try out unit 1 with this freebie!
Words to Know consists of 10 units. Each unit can be taught for 3 weeks. This will allow you to use all of the content you purchased while allowing you to take time off as needed, such as during state test prep, state testing itself, during short weeks interrupted by holidays or other events, and during special projects, such as novel projects or extended writing projects.
Visual learners will enjoy the video word list that is available, as well as the QR code image activities. Below is a brief overview of what is available in the program.
General Materials for use with all Units:
1 word study graphic organizer (Use with as many words from the unit as you wish)
6 Word Card Activity direction cards
Each Words to Know unit consist of the following:
A video word list (See sample here)
A printable word list
5 whole class activities
3 small group activities (Or use for more whole class instruction)
1 set of word cards to be used with suggested activities
1 Writing based assessment ( 3 prompts-Choose from directions to complete a single prompt or all three prompts)
1 Google Forms Assessment (Google Forms quiz can be given online or printed!)
3 Teacher Presentation Files (SMART Notebook, Google Slides, PowerPoint) which include all activities as well as discussion questions and digital word cards.
An accompanying website includes the following for each unit:
Video Word List (Youtube and Powtoon provided)
Google Slides Presentation File
Premade Google Forms Quiz (You can also print it!)
Premade Kahoot Interactive Game
Premade Quizlet Study Set
After purchase, you will download a zipped file that includes several parts: 1 teacher information PDF with a label to read first. This will include the link to the product website, descriptions of activities, suggested order of activities, and Word Card Activity direction cards. Also, each unit has a separate file folder with teacher resources PDF (answer keys, assessments, word cards for each unit), student activity book PDF, PowerPoint Presentation, and Smart Notebook presentation. There is also a file labeled Entire Printable PDF for Words to Know--Student and Teacher Resources. This file includes all of the pages from the individual unit files and the Teacher Information File. If you prefer to have the entire product in one file, you may wish to look at this version instead. However, you will still need to visit each unit's individual folder if you wish to use the PowerPoint or SMART Notebook files for each unit.
As noted, the file you will download is zipped. You will need to unzip the file to be able to use the product. In most cases, you will simply download the file, right-click, and choose to extract all. There is no special software required to unzip the file folder. But, the instructions may vary depending on your system. If you are unfamiliar with unzipping file folders, please contact TPT for assistance.
A note about technology:
You do not have to use the digital activities to use this program. They are optional. Also, note that you do not have to be able to use a QR code scanner to use the QR code activities. The images are also available in the presentation file of your choice and could even be used whole class if you are unable to use QR codes in small group activities. Note that neither I nor TPT are in control of the external resources Kahoot or Quizlet. If you have issues with the product website, please leave me a question. Finally, you must have a Google account to use the Google Slides or Google forms activities.
Suggested Use: (Included in Teacher Information File)
Below is a suggested timeline. You can spend as little as 5-10 minutes a day or as much as 30 minutes a day on vocabulary, depending on how you decide to implement instruction. The program is flexible. You know your students and your personal style best. Use the components that work best for you. Determine which components you want to include in the student activity packet, keeping in mind you can use the Word Study graphic organizer for multiple words. Before beginning a unit, you will need to put together the student activity book, determine which activities you want to use for small groups, centers, or stations, and choose the type of assessment you want to use. You have multiple assessment options: 2 versions of the printable writing assessment, online Google Forms, or printing the Google Forms quiz.
Week 1: On Monday, introduce the vocabulary word list, using the video if possible. Note that there is an image and an additional fact on the word list. So, review the word list for this piece of information even if using the video. Complete Activity A. On Tuesday, complete activity B. On Wednesday, complete a Word Study page and/or allow students time to use the Quizlet study set. On Thursday, complete activity C. On Friday, complete activity D.
Week 2: On Monday, allow students time to use the Quizlet study set and/or complete a Word Study page. On Tuesday, complete activity E. On Wednesday, complete the A Closer Look activity. On Thursday and Friday, allow students to work in small groups or centers. Incorporate one or two centers into any group work time you already have planned. Or, consider having 3 to 5 stations for only vocabulary practice. Utilize the Image Investigations, Quizlet, and/or 2-3 word card activities. Allow students to complete some of the center or station activities and save some for next week. Or allow students to complete all stations, but save some activities for next week. For example, only include one image investigation activity this week and save the second for next week.
Week 3: On Monday, complete a Word Study page and/or allow students time to use the Quizlet study set. Tuesday and Wednesday can be used for students to complete any centers or stations needed. On Thursday, play the Kahoot or Quizlet Live game, if desired, and then allow students to work on the written assessment for an extended time on Thursday and Friday.
***If asking students to complete all three prompts, you may wish to provide students time to work across the majority of week 3. If using the Google Forms quiz instead of the Writing Assessment, you may wish to extend your center time or play a Kahoot on one day and a Quizlet Live game on another day and give students time during one class period for the Google Forms quiz. Also note that you can print the Google Forms quiz if you prefer a written quiz but do not wish for students to take the Writing Assessment provided.***
A note about QR Codes: The Image Investigation activities include QR codes. Any QR code app will be able to read these codes. These apps are generally free in your device’s app store. Students who are allowed to use devices in class should be encouraged to download a free app. There are also browser extensions that use a laptop’s or desktop’s camera as a scanner. Please try out a few. Though they work similarly, you may find you prefer one over another. For example, some will take you directly to the image while others may bring up a link you have to click to go to the picture.
A note about the Word Study graphic organizer: This page can be printed and used for multiple words. In addition to the suggested uses above, you may wish to assign some words as homework and include extra pages in the student activity book. Or, you may wish to keep extra copies available for early finishers to use as a way to practice during any spare time.
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