The Vocabulary Bowl
An academic competition for everyone.
Students at thousands of schools across the United States and Canada are competing in the annual Vocabulary Bowl — a competition to see which schools can master the most words.
What makes the Vocabulary Bowl unique is that instead of winnowing the field to a small group of finalists, collaboration is the key to climbing the leaderboards. Every student who plays and learns makes an important contribution to their school's collective achievement, so the more participation there is, the better. The Bowl is about motivating all learners to put in the effort, improve their literacy skills, and experience academic success.
The current Vocabulary Bowl season started on October 1, 2020 and runs through April 30, 2021.
Are you in?
Here's how to get started.
If you are a student or educator in the United States or Canada, getting involved in the Vocabulary Bowl is as easy as signing up for an account on Vocabulary.com and selecting your school.
Every word that you (or your students) master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total and propel you up the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards.
What's in it for you?
Aside from a better vocabulary... awards!
After the results are verified, annual winners will be announced in May of 2022. Then it's awards season, when Vocabulary.com delivers a dozen trophies, more than one hundred banners, and loads of achievement certificates to schools across the map.
Trophies and titles are awarded to the top overall high school and middle school, and to the top high school and middle school in Divisions I, II, and III. Runners-up at these levels also receive trophies and titles. Top 10 banners are awarded in the middle and high school divisions and in Divisions I, II and III. State champions banners are awarded to the top school in each U.S. state and territory and each Canadian province.
Throughout the year, a monthly champions banner is awarded to the top high school and the top middle school. Watch our Bowl Roundup Videos for all the highlights each month.
All students attending K–12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. Simply sign up for Vocabulary.com and select your school when you create your profile. Read the full contest rules for details.
Which schools will top the leaderboards at the end of the school year? It's anybody's game, so get started today!
Resources for Teachers
Set your students up for success with these helpful resources.
- Vocabulary Bowl implementation guide
- How to set #BOWLGOALS
- Vocabulary Bowl student recognition certificate
- Vocabulary.com student recognition certificate
- Customizable achievement badge certificate
- Vocabulary.com achievement badge artwork
- Social media templates — Facebook and Instagram
- Social media templates — Twitter