Vocabulary-Building Activities Packet for Elementary and Middle School


Building vocabulary is essential when teaching elementary and middle school students how to learn and use new words. This packet provides four vocabulary-building strategies and activities that are designed to help with word association and learning vocabulary.

Each strategy includes an overview and teaching tips, followed by a detailed example of how to implement the strategy as either independent practice or a group activity. Suggestions for modeling and formative assessment are included. The packet includes 4 no-prep printables, one for each activity.

Students can choose different vocabulary-building strategies, such as:

Word Association

Word association calls for students to connect words to things they already know. Give your students the “Word Association” paper. Tell them a vocabulary word to write in the center of the chart. Have them follow the directions to fill in the other boxes.

Vocabulary Roll the Dice

Playing games is a great way to help your students practice new vocabulary words. Through the “Roll the Dice” game, your students will learn all about a new word by defining it, thinking of synonyms and antonyms for it, and using it in a sentence.

Download the packet for all the strategies and printables.

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