Vocabulary Activity for Any Subject Area

Are you looking for a way to get your students to learn important vocabulary words?  I am always looking for new ideas!  My kids really like this one!

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I printed out pages with the vocabulary words on each one.  Students wrote the definition of the word (each pair had a word related to the science topic), then created 4-5 circles of examples of the word.  So they got the definition and examples of the word all in one lesson!

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They turned out great and students seem to be able to remember the definitions AND give examples of each!  What ways do you reinforce vocabulary in your lessons?  Share some ideas in the comment section!

Totem Pole Tales

We learn about the different Native American regions in social studies.  In addition to learning about the different aspects of the region, we also do an art and writing project.  For the Northwest Coast Indians, we read the book, “Totem Tale”, and created our own totem poles from a sheet of paper.

  Click on the book cover to grab a copy!

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Once the totem poles were created, we wrote totem tales based on the poles.  We edited the tales, focusing on sentence beginnings, using descriptive details, and proper capitalization and punctuation.  Since we need practice typing, we types these stories and then learned how to embed clip art (just right click on the picture, hit “wrap text”, and then “square”).  Works like a charm!

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The students were so proud of their work!  I have to say, they are awesome!  I have created a Northwest Coast pack, if you are interested in purchasing it, click here.  You can still do the project without it!

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Why not try some totem pole writing today?