Academic vocabulary are words kids will see often in school, especially in textbooks and assessments, but are not always heard in everyday conversation. As a result, your students will be all over the place in terms of being able to understand these words and follow along with what they are being asked to do. While it’s impossible to teach every vocabulary word in isolation, it is helpful to select a group of words that kids will see over and over again, not just in ELA, but in all subject areas. Poster, notes, practice, and games are a great way to keep your students practicing these words all year long.
In my classroom, the kids are exposed to these words from day one with these posters. I purposely include them in my teaching and practice, so the kids can get used to hearing them, using them, and defining them. The more exposure they have, the more fluent they will become.
We also take notes and practice using the words. The kids put flashcards in their notebooks, so they can practice at any time. I have the words chunked into lists and quiz them on their meanings.
Finally, games and puzzles that we can turn to whenever we have a little extra time keep the kids working with the words all year long. Bingo!, Memory, “I Have… Who Has…”, and word searches are great anchor activities to keep your students practicing.