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Vocabulary Resources


Resources for Teaching Vocabulary

  1. Idioms


This website gives teachers several different lesson plan ideas for teaching idioms. Since idioms are a difficult vocabulary concept for many students to grasp, this website offers different types of activities, including some hands-on activities that might make the idioms more concrete for young learners.


  1. Spelling Dictionaries & Word Study Notebooks


This website gives instructions for making word study notebooks that students can use for classroom or personal vocabulary words. This teacher recommends dividing the notebook in sections, so students can have a personal dictionary of words that they have missed on tests or in papers and a class section of assigned vocabulary words.


  1. Teaching Vocabulary


This website would be an excellent resource for teachers, giving them various ideas for teaching vocabulary in the classroom. The website includes sections with information and ideas about teaching idioms, teaching ESOL students, teaching contextual analysis, and teaching word-meaning recall.


  1. ABC Teach


This website provides teachers with links for word wall lists. These lists include words with long “e” sounds, words from social studies, and words with the “ate” sound. Elementary teachers could find almost all the word wall lists that they may need in a school year. These links would be helpful for parents as well as a word bank for extra practice.


  1. Great Resources for Vocabulary Building


This website gives teachers lists of resources for magazines, books, and reference books that can be used to teach vocabulary in the classroom. The website is from Scholastic, a commercial book seller, and all of the resources that are recommended are Scholastic products. The website touts itself of a list of resources, and while Scholastic resources are usually excellent, one must not forget that it is a commercial web site.


  1. Building a Better Vocabulary


This student website gives students a multitude of vocabulary pointers and tips. The site also includes vocabulary quizzes that students can use to improve their vocabulary skills. Overall, the site is very user friendly and definitely geared to student interests. Students would appreciate the game-like quality of the site.


  1. Calliope: Muse of Eloquence


This student-centered website contains links for worksheets for vocabulary words which have mythological origins. The links allow students to read a story about the mythological character and then choose the definition that they think best fits the mythological name or word. This website is user friendly for students, and most students would appreciate the game atmosphere of the site.


  1. The Clarifying Routine: Elaborating Vocabulary Instruction


This website gives teachers ideas for teaching vocabulary to students with learning disabilities. Included are the Elaboration Technique and the Do Instruction. The site includes an explanation and several examples for each technique, while also explaining why many traditional ways of teaching vocabulary are ineffective.


  1. The Dictionary Game


This website consist of a lesson plan of “The Dictionary Game,” a game that teachers can use in the classroom in order to teach a new vocabulary word. In this game, students make up their own definitions of unfamiliar words and then the class tries to figure out the real definition.


  1. Euphemisms


This site is a lesson plan for teaching euphemisms to students at the elementary level. In this lesson, the teacher introduces the concept of euphemisms and allows students to work in groups in order to list euphemisms for many unpleasant or non-politically correct words.


  1. Free Rice


This site, designed for students and adults, is the most fun and interesting of any of the websites that I found. This site is a vocabulary quiz game which adjusts to the skill level of the player, and it could be appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels. After a predetermined number of correct answers, the player “wins” actual grains of rice that are donated to starving countries through the United Nations World Food Program. Students can learn vocabulary and save hungry people at the same time.


  1. Homonyms, Homophones, Words with Multiple Meanings


This website offers students multiple links of sites which offer practice with homonyms and words with multiple meanings. There are games, lists, and worksheets, so all students could find activities to suit their preferences. There is also a link that explains to students how words with multiple meanings arose.


  1. Learning Vocabulary Fun


This website is designed for elementary and middle school students. It offers links for vocabulary builders and ESL vocabulary lists. There are match games, crossword puzzles, a hangmouse game (like hangman, but with a mouse). There are also vocabulary quizzes and vocabulary builder links. This site is very kid friendly, but very slow to load.


  1. The Lexicon Challenge


This site gives teachers a lesson plan for a game teaching students SAT vocabulary words. Although the game is geared toward high school students, it could be modified to use with students of all ages. In this game, students work as a team to identify definitions of difficult SAT words, and the game would be excellent for students who are kinesthetic learners.


  1. Make Beliefs Comix


This fascinating website gives students the opportunity to create their own comic strip. Teachers could use the site as an assignment for many different subject areas, and they could create vocabulary criteria which would make the site ideal for vocabulary study or review. Students add the pictures for each panel, and then they add the dialogue. The site is quite user friendly and would probably appeal to many middle and high school students.