Thursday, April 24, 2014


Here are some activities for developing vocabulary acquisition and use.
The ideas could also be used to reinforce sight words.

Vocabulary Parade 

Each child chooses a vocabulary word that is new to her.  Give children a long strip of paper where they can write their word. Let them decorate their word with markers, stickers, and other art media. Pin these strips to the children and let them parade around the room to music. Ask children to give the definition of their word and tell classmates why they chose it.

Mixed Up Words 
Take vocabulary words or sight words and mix up the letters. Children try to write them correctly on their paper. 
Secret Code
Write vocabulary words using a secret code. For example, number the letters of the alphabet. (1-a, 2-b, 3-c, etc.) Write the number for each letter in a word. Children act like cryptologists to decode. For example: 3 1 20 (cat)

Action Words 
Make a list of action words. Write words on index cards and put them in a sack. Children choose a word and pantomime while their friends try to guess the movement.