Grow your vocabulary while having fun
ILLUSTRATED WORD GAMES
ILLUSTRATED WORD ACTIVITIES This link has a variety of games that kids can play while they add to their word knowledge. They also have related sites that allow for students to do a variety of studying. The illustrated word activities allow students to choose a level of difficulty. I would encourage you to just play around with the variety of resources, games, etc… It also does the cartoon with the words as an option.
Nothing tests your knowledge like a crossword puzzle. But did you know the format of a crossword puzzle can be an effective teaching tool, too? Using this tool, children and teens can solve ready-made puzzles designed around grade-appropriate topics. Solving a crossword puzzle can teach new words, the meanings of those words, and how to spell them. They also can jump into the driver's seat and create their own puzzles. Choosing their own topics and mapping out their own puzzles develops big-picture thinking. To create a puzzle from scratch, children and teens must demonstrate deeper knowledge of the topic and the words that will serve as the puzzle’s answers. Coming up with clues sharpens communication skills. It’s an art to write a clue that gives just a hint, but enough for someone to say, “Aha! I know the answer to 1 down!”
Other links to help grow your vocabulary
Daily grammar has over 400 lessons and 80 quizzes that students can select to read and practice. The archive of the lessons is fantastic for kids who are looking to strengthen their writing. They can just study what they need and take a quiz to see if they understand. We would then hope they apply in their writing.
WORD OF THE DAY
Pretty basic word a day website but does have a nice categorization of words.
LANGUAGE ARTS GAMES
This website has a variety of vocab/word games. The nice features on this site are that the kids can choose from context SAT examples to medical terms, etc… Might make it a bit more personal for kids.
Again, great resource on just lists. Kids can also create free accounts with their own log-in info to practice with quizzes, etc… I like that this one also allows for lists, definitions, etc…
CROSSWORD PUZZLES FROM NY TIMES
Yes, these are crossword puzzles but they are word-work. I would encourage them to try them. They often require difficult words and do help kids see connections thematically with words. It also offers them the ability to do online or print. There is also a link for the answer grid.
NEW YORK TIMES WORD OF THE DAY
This is the New York Times teaching website link to their word of the day. I like that they link to articles that have used the word so that kids can go visit if need be and how many times the word has been used that year in the paper. It seems to provide a context for the students on the importance of the words.