Vocabulary Acquisition




Word knowledge is linked strongly to academic success. Students who possess large vocabularies can express their ideas better and understand new concepts more quickly than students with limited vocabularies.

Today students are being tasked much more often to tackle complex text. However, if there are gaps in their vocabulary knowledge, these students struggle to comprehend.

Learning Vocabulary: An Essential Skill

Many students, including ESE and ESL students, lack the fundamental vocabulary for success in learning content-area subjects and reading academic texts. Vocabulary development builds reading comprehension. Without explicit, focused instruction, a student’s vocabulary gap may widen with each passing year.

The National Reading Panel (2000) findings:
The use of computers in vocabulary instruction was found to be more effective than some traditional methods. It is clearly emerging as a potentially valuable aid to classroom teachers in the area of vocabulary instruction.

VocabularySpellingCity is an invaluable tool that provides an effective and enjoyable way to expand and retain new vocabulary. The interactive vocabulary games contain auditory and visual support that ensure information is presented in a variety of ways.

From the traditional word study exercise, FlashCards, to a host of online games and offline worksheets, activities are ready to assign or print. You can administer vocabulary tests directly on the site, where they are automatically graded for you.

VocabularySpellingCity offers vocabulary activities with Premium Membership. Try a few of these examples.

WhichWord? Sentences challenges the student to find the word that correctly completes the sentence – a great activity to practice using context clues.

Play WhichWord? Sentences with an Antonyms list.

WhichWord? Definitions challenges the student to find the word that corresponds to the given definition.

Play WhichWord? Definitions with a Science list on Magnetism.

MatchIt Sentences matches the word that accurately fills in the blank of a corresponding sentence.

Play MatchIt Sentences with a list of high school homophones.

MatchIt Definitions matches the word with its correct definition.

Play MatchIt Definitions with a list of contractions.

Word-O-Rama follows a game show format to encourage students to identify words by their definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or through context within a sentence.

Play Word-O-Rama with a geometry word list.

Vocabulary TestMe allows students to take a practice or final vocabulary test. Results are given at the end of the test, along with the correct answers for any incorrectly answered items.

Try Vocabulary TestMe with an ACT & SAT word list.