Vocabulary Development Resources from TeachersFirst

This collection of reviewed tools and resources from TeachersFirst promotes vocabulary development and skills for students to improve and master daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary, and ESL/ELL language. Some are tools for study and practice of terms in any class--including world languages, while others focus specifically on written and spoken English. Be sure to check "In the classroom" for ways each resource might help in your teaching area. Share your favorites on a free TeachersFirst public page for students and parents to use for vocabulary practice outside of class.

 

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Language Guide - Language Guide

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This site allows you to learn words and hear pronunciations in 11 languages (English - Fran?ais - Espa?ol - Deutsch - Portugu?s - Russian - Italiano - Polska ...more
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This site allows you to learn words and hear pronunciations in 11 languages (English - Fran?ais - Espa?ol - Deutsch - Portugu?s - Russian - Italiano - Polska - Greek). Select your native language and a language you wish to study. Choose a category, such as fruits, and roll your mouse over pictures to hear the word, pronounced by a native speakers. There are also sections for grammar topics, such as verb conjugation. Site extras include sound effects to accompany some pictures (hear the bark, breathing sound, and growl of the dog)! This site avoids the problems of different alphabets by working from picture to sound, though the spellings do display as little text boxes as you roll your mouse.

tag(s): grammar (157), pronunciation (38), vocabulary (249)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a pronunciation backup when you do not have a native speaker teaching foreign language. If you have access to a lab or individual laptops, assign students to practice pronunciation as they learn new vocabulary. Be sure to share the link from your teach web page in your world language class. As you study world cultures or geography, some students may want to learn simple language selections, as well. Gifted students --especially younger ones curious about languages -- will enjoy trying to learn independently. ESL students may also use this site to hear authentic pronunciation. Speech and language and special ed teachers working on vocabulary development will want to use this site with students, as well.

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Out of Place - BBC

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K to 1
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This simple web activity (no reading required, but turn up the sound)challenges students to determine the differences between two locations and the items found there. Students simply...more
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This simple web activity (no reading required, but turn up the sound)challenges students to determine the differences between two locations and the items found there. Students simply click and drag the items to the correct picture. The pictures are both related to travel and geography. The observing, thinking, and categorizing build higher order thinking skills. The entire activity requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Be sure to visit the Teachers/Parents link to view general standards for this interactive game.

tag(s): matching (21), sorting (11)

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Save this website to your favorites, and then use it as a learning center. Ask children to explain why things go where they have placed them. Speech and language teachers can use this activity as part of vocabulary development, as well.
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English Exercises - Vocabulary - Viktor Gayol

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K to 5
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This online tool and vocabulary site creates up to thirteen games, puzzles, and worksheets from a word list the teacher inputs on the home page. The working database contains about...more
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This online tool and vocabulary site creates up to thirteen games, puzzles, and worksheets from a word list the teacher inputs on the home page. The working database contains about 2000 English singular words, but doesn't include abstract nouns. There are some ready-made activities already done for you as examples: body parts, Christmas, family, feelings, foods, and more. Typical activities include findaword, matching, multiple choice quizzes, memory, word scrambles, and labeling. There is a charge for subscription to the services, but users who recommend someone to this site receive a one-year subscription free. One caution: set the speed to "tortoise" on the "STOP" game. Even adults can't click the mouse fast enough above that speed!page. This site requires QuickTime to hear the audio. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox. .

tag(s): puzzles (173), vocabulary (249)

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Use this for a center with vocabulary review activities in any primary classroom or with speech and language or special ed students for vocabulary development. Using it in ESL classes will also be great, even on an interactive whiteboard with a small group. Students can also use the games on their own to practice vocabulary outside of class, so be sure to include the link on your teacher web page.

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Soaring High With Kites - everythingesl.net

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This multi-level lesson plan for ESL students offers opportunities for vocabulary development, reading, writing, and cultural sharing by responding to stories and books about kites....more
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This multi-level lesson plan for ESL students offers opportunities for vocabulary development, reading, writing, and cultural sharing by responding to stories and books about kites. Primary grade teachers could also use it in a unit on weather or as an interdisciplinary science/language arts activity. Because of its high interest level, it motivates students to participate in understanding new words and in expressing their ideas about the books they read and the techniques and history of kite flying in their countries. Students also read and talk about kite safety rules and examine websites about kites. Writing opportunities include writing rules,original stories, cultural histories haiku, and diamante poems. Students also get to design, make, decorate and fly their own kites.

tag(s): poetry (195), vocabulary (249)

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Plan a kite day in the fall or spring and use all or part of these plans to learn new words, build kites, and even fly them before you write about them. This would be a terrific activity to include parents at school year's end.

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Mythology - Myvocabulary.com

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5 to 12
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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to Mythology on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using Mythology...more
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Explore vocabulary and word activities related to Mythology on this extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more. Find interactive vocabulary activities the same list of using Mythology vocabulary words. There are printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): greek (37)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study Mythology. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Basketball - Myvocabulary.com

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6 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for basketball. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Basketball vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for basketball. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Basketball vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): vocabulary (249)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Materials 1 - Crick Web

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This site has three parts (students move onto the next part by clicking "next"). The first activity challenges students to "click and drag" words to their appropriate label spot ...more
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This site has three parts (students move onto the next part by clicking "next"). The first activity challenges students to "click and drag" words to their appropriate label spot on a picture. The materials include glass, brick, tile, paper, plastic, wool, wood and metal. The second activity is a table that asks students to "drop" the correct word or picture onto the corresponding spot on the table. The topics on the table include the material name, picture example and property. The final activity is a writing challenge. Students are presented with two pictures. The students must answer three questions about the pictures. To type on the page, students simply click their mouse to where they want to insert their answers. Once students are finished with this activity, they may click to print. This site requires FLASH.

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Try an interactive whiteboard for the first two activities. If you choose to make the final activity a class activity, project the questions onto a screen or whiteboard and challenge the students to answer the three questions independently. Used as a simple drag and drop, this site can help with vocabulary development for children with speech/language deficits.
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Labeling a Street Scene - Crick Web

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This unique animated sight challenges students to label a scene. There are two choices of scenery (playground or busy street). There are five annotation spaces for students to ...more
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This unique animated sight challenges students to label a scene. There are two choices of scenery (playground or busy street). There are five annotation spaces for students to fill in their own original thoughts. This is a highly creative activity. This site requires FLASH. If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creative writing (130), writing (294)

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This site could be used in a variety of ways in English and other subjects. Ask the younger children to simply fill in 1-2 word phrases, while the older students can be challenged to write more complex statements. Speech and language teachers can use it for vocabulary development, as well.
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A Separate Peace - Alphabetically - Myvocabulary.com

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9 to 12
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for A Separate Peace. Find interactive vocabulary activities using A...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for A Separate Peace. Find interactive vocabulary activities using A Separate Peace vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): john knowles (4)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study A Separate Peace. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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Heroes and Heroines in the Family - Yale University

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Students analyze Native American, European, Puerto Rican, African, and American folk tales while strengthening vocabulary development, reading and writing abilities, interpersonal skills,...more
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Students analyze Native American, European, Puerto Rican, African, and American folk tales while strengthening vocabulary development, reading and writing abilities, interpersonal skills, and creativity. Folktales chosen as the basis for this unit explore the universal theme of using strength and intellect to accomplish great feats.

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Discuss what qualities heroes share. After going through the lessons students are asked to write their own folk or fairy tale about present day life. Have them write their modern-day version of a heroic tale. Discuss who modern heroes are, and what characteristics they share with the classical ones.

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Math: Weights & Measures - Myvocabulary.com

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K to 1
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Weights & Measures. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Weights and Measures related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): measurement (157), vocabulary (249)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Geography Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Geography vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Geography-related...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Geography vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Geography-related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): vocabulary (249)

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Use this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study geography. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.

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French Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for French vocab. Find interactive vocabulary activities using French vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for French vocab. Find interactive vocabulary activities using French vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): french (78), vocabulary (249)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Spanish Vocabulary Words - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Spanish Vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Spanish...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Spanish Vocabulary. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Spanish vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): spanish (103), vocabulary (249)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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Fire Safety Vocabulary - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Fire Safety. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Fire Safety-related...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Fire Safety. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Fire Safety-related vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): fire safety (14), vocabulary (249), vocabulary development (96)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make them available as links on your teacher public page. Modify learning and have students (or groups) create their own illustrated dictionaries of terms using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. As you add more vocabulary lists during the year, have them select their favorite 6-10 terms from each list to add to their "book."

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Christmas Trivia - Myvvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Christmas trivia. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Christmas...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for Christmas trivia. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Christmas vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): christmas (45), vocabulary (249), vocabulary development (96)

In the Classroom

Have students work in cooperative learning groups, divide up the vocabulary words, and have each group find the definitions for their assigned vocabulary words. Have the groups share their words and definitions in an online book, using a tool such as Bookemon reviewed here. Have the groups share the online books on your interactive whiteboard or projector. If you don't have the time to complete online books, have students share the definitions using a class wiki. Be sure to also check out the interactive word puzzles!

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