Try Word Videos
with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
It encompasses studying a word at many levels and from many perspectives: letter sounds, spelling patterns, syllabication, definitions, parts of speech, synonyms, and antonyms. Word study needs to be included in literacy lesson plans from kindergarten to high school.
Whether learning spelling patterns or vocabulary words, all students benefit from looking closely at words. Content area, academic, and tiered vocabulary also need word study time.
Vocabulary lesson plans should include activities where students see the word in contextually rich sentences and in student-friendly definitions. Word study needs to be intentionally and explicitly taught and students need to be exposed to all the facets of a word.
When students open Word Videos, they customize the attributes they want displayed in the word videos. For example, they can choose to see the word in a sentence, its definition, the word spelled out by letter sounds, its syllables, or the word’s synonyms, an image, or its part of speech. Once students have chosen the attributes they want, they study their words as they watch the videos.
Teaching Tip: In Word Videos, students choose from a variety of options to create their own word video for their spelling and vocabulary words. This is a great way to allow to students to have some choice in the way they want to learn their words. When there is choice, students are more motivated to study.