More in Category: Vocabulary Activities

Parts of Speech Charts

  Since I’ve been working on some new resources for using parts of speech lately, I thought it might be a good time to post a couple of anchor charts.  I made two different charts – both define the parts of speech but one includes a little more information and the other includes fill-in-the-blank sentences […]

Teaching Connotations and Denotations

  At some point in teaching writing, middle grade teachers instruct their students to do a little revising and replace overused words with more interesting ones.  So the kids pull out a thesaurus and pick something among the many choices available.  The problem, of course, is that some kids just don’t have the experience to […]

Alliteration with Animalia for All Ages

  Animalia, by Graeme Base, is an alphabet book that is entertaining people of all ages. And it would be a great mentor text for lessons in either alliteration or sentence building – or better yet a fun lesson that combines both!   As with many language arts skills, kids have come across both alliteration and […]

Free Christmas Riddles Activity

  Do you need a short, fun activity for the last week before the holiday break? Here is a holiday word puzzle activity that you can download for free.  It’s all about Christmas riddles – first some PowerPoint slides to do with the whole class, and then a student activity page with more riddles for […]

Thanksgiving Similes

  Here are two FREE activity sheets that I thought you might like for your language arts lessons this holiday season.  Both are Thanksgiving themed, and both will provide your students with practice recognizing and using similes.   The first  activity, I Am Thankful For, gives students a number of categories to spark ideas of things […]

Fun Activities with an Autumn Word List

  Last fall, I posted an autumn word list, an alphabetical list of about 70 words that could be useful in a variety of autumn themed activities.  This time, I thought I would update a little with some ideas for using those words in a variety of autumn activities.  I’ll add the list again below. […]

Latin and Greek Roots Activities

  This packet includes ten activities for teaching Latin and Greek roots including a game, practice cards, and other practice activity sheets.   Here’s the full list of what is included: 1. Using Latin and Greek Roots in Words and Sentences 2. Sorting Words by Their Roots 3. Choose Your Root – Cut and Paste […]

Teaching Literary Terms

  Teaching literary terms – you have to do it so that you can talk about all those good things with your class.  But just teaching the terms can be a big task in itself when you’re dealing with middle grade kids.  The words can seem foreign to them, and it’s not the easiest topic […]

Word Relays with Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots

  Word relays are a great activity to do with the whole class to practice identifying prefixes, suffixes, and roots and writing words with these elements.  My favorite method is a whiteboard relay.  It’s a simple, versatile activity that requires almost no prep, and it gets the kids moving!   For the relay, divide your […]

Literary Terms List

  Learning terms and definitions by themselves doesn’t provide much value to kids, but they need to know, and be able to use, certain terms in order to discuss and understand what they read about literature – story elements, types of figurative language, vocabulary terms, etc.  What other categories of terms do you teach to […]

A Great Time for Puzzles

  I’ve posted before about using word puzzles in end-of-the-year activities, and I thought this would be a good time to take another look since the last days of school are right around the corner for so many teachers.  One thing that I really like about word puzzles is that they are so versatile – […]

Shades of Meaning

  Why do we have so many words that mean the same thing?  Because they don’t!  Most “synonyms” actually have slightly different meanings, and that’s where we get into interesting vocabulary topics like connotations versus denotations.  One way to demonstrate this with students is to have them replace a word in a passage with various […]

Memorial Day Word List

    Could you use a nice, long vocabulary list for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other patriotic holidays?  This list of over 75 terms was designed with middle grade kids in mind.  Here it is:   Patriotic/Military Word List   appreciation veterans valor valiant memorial commemorate preservation patriot loyalty homeland patriotism alliance democratic republican […]

Vocabulary Game for Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots

  This is a great idea for a card game to review prefixes, suffixes, and roots that I found on ReadWriteThink.  Kids play the game in small groups, and it plays just like the old card game of rummy, but instead of matching numbers or suits on ordinary playing cards, they match a prefix, a […]

Earth Day Vocabulary List with Lesson Activity Ideas

  Here is my updated and expanded list of vocabulary words that might be useful for Earth Day puzzles, games, or other activities – along with a few suggestions for activities using the word list.   Vocabulary List biodegradable renewable carbon carbon footprint fossil fuel organic renewable non-renewable conserve conservation ecology ecosystem habitat resources watershed wetlands […]

Saint Patrick’s Day Word List

  Do you need a word list for your Saint Patrick’s Day activities, games, or puzzles?  Here is a list of around 40 words and terms related to Saint Patrick’s Day and all things Irish –   Celtic Celtic cross Gaelic shillelagh Saint Patrick St. Paddy patron saint snakes leprechaun wee mischief shenanigans foolishness hooligan […]

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots – FREE Anchor Chart

Prefixes, suffixes and roots – it’s such a big subject to cover!  Once the kids have the concept, that’s only the beginning – there are so many affixes or roots in each group to introduce the kids to that it can really be an ongoing project rather than a one-time unit.  And just when you […]

Helping Kids Make Sense of Analogies

    Analogies can be confusing for kids.  With four words to deal with, they may be left wondering exactly what they are looking for.  Of course the trick is to look at the relationship between each pair of words, not just the four individual words, but that concept can be difficult at the beginning. […]

Suffix Activities

    New from Classroom in the Middle – ten activities all about suffixes!  The ten activities include: 1.Using Suffixes in Words and Sentences 2.Using Suffixes to Sort Parts of Speech 3.Choose Your Suffix – Cut and Paste 4.Identifying Suffixes 5.Make New Words with Suffixes 6.Identify the Prefix, Suffix, and Base 7.Suffix Change Up 8.Suffix […]

Winter Weather Words

Need some fresh winter words for vocabulary or puzzle activities?  Here is a list of about 50 winter weather words that might work well for middle grade kids.  The words relate to cold weather, snow, activities on snow and ice, and cold-weather clothing.       thundersnow blustery flurry slush hoarfrost rime sleet freezing rain […]

How to Solve Analogies, Anchor Chart

Here is a handy chart that explains how to solve analogies.  It includes an explanation and an example, as well as a list of common analogy types that students can be on the lookout for.   Post it in your classroom or just project it for a one-time use, or you could print copies for […]

Autumn Word Bank

    Need a list of vocabulary words to keep handy for autumn and autumn holidays?  Use it for word games, vocabulary practice, writing exercises, whatever you could use a seasonal word list for. amber aromas autumn bale bonfire bounty brisk carving chestnuts chilly chili cider cinnamon colony cornstalk cornucopia costume cranberry crisp crunching family […]

Word Maker Template

Here’s a quick template for a word making activity.  It’s like the old Boggle game.  Fill in a letter in each square before copying, or have kids fill in letters, maybe from a vocabulary word or two.  Just be sure they include plenty of vowels, of course.  To play, the kids use the letters to […]

Context Clues Chart

Here is a handy anchor chart to show students how to search for context clues in a piece of text.  The chart explains and gives examples of three types of context clues that students can look for.  You can download a copy here: How to Use Context Clues        

Idioms, and More Idioms

  I’ve been working on idioms, and I’ve ended up with three new resources – all about idioms. All three of these resources are for sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers store now. Idioms Task Cards – FLYING PIGS is a set of thirty half-page task cards that provide students with various types of practice identifying […]

I Have . . .Who Has . .?

For a review game that gets the whole class involved, try “I Have . . .Who Has . .?”  It’s easy to make, works with nearly any content, and gets the whole class involved.   The only materials that you will need are a set of question and answer cards – preferably one or two cards […]

Vocabulary Skills Take Practice!

Practice and repetition give students ownership of their vocabulary skills.  To help your students make these essential skills their own, provide repeated exposure using a variety of vocabulary words.  That’s what I’ve tried to provide with my series of three vocabulary PowerPoint presentations.  Each one presents practice with the same skills, but new vocabulary, using […]

Christmas Characters Word List

For a little variety in your Christmas word finds, games, and other puzzles, try this word list – it’s all characters, and a few authors, from well-known holiday stories.  And if you prefer a more general list of Christmas words, there’s one of those too – it’s called Sights and Sounds of Christmas and it’s […]

Sights and Sounds of Christmas Word List

Here is a list of Christmas words that might come in handy as you make your own holiday games and activities. Festive Cranberries Wreath Jingle Cheer Sleigh Bough Reindeer Fruitcake Turkey Icicles Memories Manger Straw Poinsettia Sugarplums Fireplace Candles Carolers December Greenery Traditions Hooves Rooftop Polar Joyous Bells Tinsel Garland Wondrous Nativity Creche Greetings Holly […]

Revising and Expanding Sentences

Teaching students to work on their writing at the sentence level is well worth the effort.  With skills that they learn from practicing on sentences, they can later be confident that they know several ways to revise their own writing.  Instead of saying, “I’m finished.  I don’t see any mistakes,” they can begin making specific […]