Vocabulary

Websites for Word Play with Students

Fun Vocabulary Games
Vocabulary University (Full of puzzles and activities based on Greek and Latin roots)
Explore English Words from Greek-Latin Origins
Mindfun Word Games and Puzzles
Interactive Wordplays
ESL Resources and Activities
Sign Up Here to Get Your Word A Day
Wacky Web Tales (Remember Mad Libs. These are on-line versions of Mad Libs done by kids.)
Vocabulary.com

Context Clues

A Great Powerpoint You Could Use with Students

Websites for Word Roots and Word Lists for Teachers

List of Latin and Greek Roots
List of Latin and Greek Roots
Comprehensive List

Websites to Make Your Own Word Games

Create your own Word Jumbles and Puzzles
FunBrain Word Turtle
Discovery School's Word Search Puzzlemaker

Electronic Dictionaires and References for Teachers and Students

The Big List (Explains over 400 familiar words and phrases)
Allwords.com (Has an online dictionary that does a multilingual search that children who are learn English as a second language will find very useful. "Links for Word Lovers" will take you to all kinds of resources for information and word play.)
Little Explorers English Picture Dictionary (Each of the 2,472 words has a picture and definition. The site has picture dictionaries in multiple languages)
Thesaurus.com (This site has a thesaurus, a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and a word of the day in English and Spanish.)
Visual Thesaurus (Very Cool! Creates a web with related words when give a word.)
Learn the Origins of Common Idioms
Free Talking Picture Dictionary

Websites to Read More for Teachers

Vocabulogic (Vocabulary Blog) (Pulls weekly posts from other experts and teachers in the field.)Focus on Vocabulary.pdf
Vocabulary Acquisition: Sythesis of the Research
Text Project (Hierbert's website full of presentations and articles to read about vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.)
Great Overview of Vocabulary Instruction
A Little Latin and...a Lot of English
Research on Teaching Vocabulary
Dr. Robin Scarcella's Website
Nice Short Publication on Vocabulary Instruction

Work by Dr. Kate Kinsella

Dr. Kinsella has done some fabulous work on developing academic vocabulary and language. She structures dicussion in partners by giving students scaffolds for their responses. By scaffolding their responses, she is modeling academic language and vocabulary usage.
Read About Strategies for Developing Academic Vocabulary
View Many of Dr. Kinsella's Handouts
Watch Video of Model Lessons
Webinar By Kinsella on Teaching Vocabulary

Activity Ideas for Vocabulary

Bingo Lingo (For Roots)
Flip A Chip Activity to Teach Roots
Description of Rivet
Several Vocabulary Strategies Explained
Folding Books (Use all of these different ways to fold books to create places where students collect words.)
Round the Clock Vocabulary (Great article that describes how vocabulary permeates the day.)
Semantic Gradients Tutorial
Lexile Power Vocabulary Website (Assists teachers in grades 2-12 develop their students' vocabulary skills for specific books.)
Long List of Lessons Using Trade Books
Concept Circles (Applied to Math)

Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty List.pdf

Nifty Thrifty Fifty monthly plan.pdf

More Lists of Words

Latin Prefixes at a Glance.pdf
Useful Latin Bases Defined.pdf
List of Common Roots
Academic Word List (The Brockton Public Schools has compiled a complete list of academic word from the Academic Word List.)
Academic Word List Including Excercises for Students
Lists of All Sorts Including Academic Word List with Possible Derivatives
Word Zones 5586 List.pdf
1,000 Most Frequent Words in Text from Gr 3 to 9.pdf

Resources for Developing Academic Language


Connectives.pdf (Connectives are often called transitional phrases or words. Using these in your classroom every day discussions and also in dicussing books students are reading will support both the development of academic language and vocabulary.)