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I Hate Teaching Vocabulary

There may be nothing more important to building a student's knowledge base than teaching vocabulary - and there may be nothing more boring. Use these tools to spice up your vocabulary instruction! The sky's the limit!

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So How Can I Use This in My Classroom?

Need ideas on how to get started? Try these!

  • Use Tagxedo's shape function to create a word cloud in a shape that hints to a unit's theme
  • Have students use your Quizlet card sets, but encourage them to create their own with their own meanings and examples
  • Put your word cloud as your desktop background so kids see it repeatedly on the ActivBoard
  • Use Quizlet's built in games as a review activity - have kids BYOT to make it competitive
  • Create a "cool words" card set - encourage kids to find vocabulary in the world around them (school appropriate) that they can add to the card set throughout the year
  • Go beyond just vocabulary - the sky's the limit - test review card sets, word clouds of "dead/overused" words, . . .

Remember - everything saves! Create once, use repeatedly! Spend a little time now and reap the benefits later!