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How To Teach Vocabulary To Your Kids

Bears are fascinating animals for kids. In this blogpost, you’ll find a number of vocabulary activities that will provide your students with opportunities to practice and expand their vocabulary about bears. There are a variety of differentiated assessments, vocabulary booklets, worksheets, and a match game for you to use in your classroom. Want a digital option? Scroll down for your digital freebie activities.

Teaching Objectives

In the bear vocabulary word activities, students will:

    • be introduced to different vocabulary words related to bears.
    • practice using the definitions of the bear vocabulary words in different activities.

Materials For Activities

Here are the files you’ll need for these activities:

Assessments

Booklets

Match Cards

Worksheets

How To Use the Vocabulary Activities

    1. Pre-Assess Students – An easy way to pre-assess what vocabulary words your students know is to use the match game activity. Students match the words to their definitions. After students have completed the activity you can take note of which words the students had trouble with and use the pages for these vocabulary words in the vocabulary booklets you give to students. Another option would be to use one of the assessments (cut-and-paste, choose the word, or print the word) to pre-assess your students.
    2. Introduce Vocabulary Words – Use the vocabulary booklets to introduce the bear words to your students. Depending on the age and ability of your students, you will want to only introduce one or two words each day. Students can complete the corresponding pages to these words in their booklets. Check out the two booklets included in this blogpost and use the booklet that addresses the needs of your students.
    3. Practice Vocabulary Words – Students can use the match cards to practice matching the different words to their corresponding definitions. Add the match card activity to a learning center or let students use the activity when they are finished their other work or as a bell work activity when students arrive at school.
    4. Assess Students – There are three different assessments you can use. Choose the one that best meets the learning needs of your students. There are cut-and-paste, choose the word, and print the word assessments. Each assessment contains either 5 or 10 of the vocabulary words practiced in the different activities.

Differentiation Ideas

Here are a few ways you can differentiate these activities in your classroom.

  1. Assessments and Worksheets: Give students different versions of the assessments and worksheets depending on their individual learning needs. Students who struggle with writing might benefit from using the cut-and-paste activities while students who need more of a challenge might benefit from the print the word assessment or 10 word fill-in-the-blank activity.
  2. Vocabulary Booklets: Look at the different vocabulary pages and determine which pages best meet each student’s learning needs. In addition, think about the number of words you’ll introduce to your students. Independent workers and early finishers can be given the entire booklet and can work through it at their own pace. Students who struggle can be introduced to one word a day and work in a small group with you so you can provide support as they complete the pages in their booklet.

More Teaching Vocabulary Ideas

Other ideas you may want to consider when teaching vocabulary to your students:

    • Content Areas – Have students focus on the vocabulary words for the topics you are studying in the different content areas. For example, you could study the vocabulary words you use in your making healthy choices unit in Health or the magnets vocabulary words from your unit in Science.
    • Spelling Words – Use the vocabulary words in your weekly spelling program to give students practice spelling the words correctly.
    • Sentence or Paragraph Writing – Get students to write sentences or paragraphs using the vocabulary words.
    • Word Banks or Definition Lists – If using the vocabulary words for a writing activity, provide students with a word bank and/or definition list of the words to help students use the words in their writing.

What Teachers are Saying About Vocabulary Activities:

❤️ “The students loved it because it was tiered and everyone was able to work on their own pace.” – Carmen C.

❤️ “I loved this! I used this during writing with my kids. We defined the word and used it in a sentence then they were able to draw a picture. They then used their dictionary to add vocabulary into their writing! Thanks so much!” – Meghan L.

❤️ “This has been a great booklet for my 3rd grade students. I am using the booklet that anticipates that students use adjectives to support their understanding of of specific disease. Thank you.” – Cynthia A.

❤️ “Great way for students to learn important vocabulary.” – Courtney H.

❤️ “Students loved completing this activity. Tiered activities are great for making content accessible to all students and rigorous.” – Mikaela Z.

Here are even more Vocabulary Writing Activities FREEBIES:

Bears Digital Vocabulary Activities

PLEASE NOTE: These activities are meant to be used with Google Slides™. You need a Google™ account (free) to download and use the Google Slides™ student edition version.

  1. Click on one of the student edition resources above.
  2. When prompted, click ‘Make a Copy.’
  3. Choose the slides you want your students to practice.
  4. Share the slides with your students.

Vocabulary Writing Activities

The Writing Club membership has TONS of vocabulary activities on the following topics:

    • animals, apples, arctic animals, at the beach
    • back to school, bats, bears, bubble gum, butterflies, butterfly life cycle
    • camping, Christmas, coral reef animals
    • dinosaurs
    • Earth Day, Easter, end of year
    • fairy tales, fall, farm animals, field days, five senses, forest animals, frogs, fun on wheels
    • habitats, Halloween, healthy choices, hot chocolate
    • ice cream, illness and disease (types), illness and disease (words), insects
    • kites
    • magnets
    • New Year’s Day, nocturnal animals
    • owls
    • penguins, pets, picnics, pirates, plants, popcorn, puddles and umbrellas, pumpkins
    • robots
    • scarecrows, science investigations, seasons, simple machines, snowmen, soil, space, spiders, spring, St. Patrick’s Day, summer, summer sports, superheroes
    • Thanksgiving
    • under the sea
    • Valentine’s Day
    • water, water parks, weather instruments, weather storms, weather words, winter
    • zoo animals

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