Improved vocabulary is a crucial pathway for students to achieve better grades, higher test scores, and improved understanding — but it's hard to cover in the classroom because you have so much content to teach, and students are at such different levels.
Vocabulary.com gets students hooked on expanding their vocabulary outside the classroom so that you can focus on what you do best — teaching the subject matter, whether that’ s literature, social studies, or science.
Vocabulary improvement doesn’t have to take up valuable class time or make your students’ eyes glaze over. Make Vocabulary.com a part of your students’ homework routine, and let them play their way to a better vocabulary. They’ll get independent practice that’s actually beneficial, and be better prepared for reading and class discussions. You’ll be providing meaningful work that doesn’t take tons of class (or personal!) time, supports what you’re teaching, and improves literacy skills.
Whatever you’re teaching, Vocabulary.com can help. Simply start with one of our thousands of pre-made lists, or easily make your own using our VocabGrabber™. Kick off a new unit with a list of key terms, and your students will follow what you’re saying when you give that great presentation in class.
The next time you assign a few chapters in a text, assign a vocabulary list as homework and your students will learn the challenging words before they read the book. It’s quick and easy to integrate vocabulary improvement with your curriculum, and it doesn’t have to be lots of extra time and work for you.
Vocabulary.com is designed so that students can really take charge of their own learning. Each student gets their own Personal Learning Program. Students can tailor their Learning Program by adding any words they want to know better. Maybe they heard you say “superfluous” in class or saw “catastrophic” in a news article. They just look up the word in our dictionary (we make suggestions if they’re not sure how to spell it), click the big green “learn this word” button, and we’ll start giving them questions. Then, we’ll follow up until they’ve mastered it. Students can keep track of their gains on their own My Progress dashboard.
Another great way to give students some ownership is to have them create their own vocabulary lists. You might ask them to create a word bank where they collect relevant terms on a research a topic to use in their writing. Or, you could have them create a list of the challenging or interesting words they encounter. Get creative — challenge your students to each come up a list on a given topic, have them share it, and vote on the best one. Or write short stories that use all the words in a list.
List creation gets students engaged with language in a way that’s fun and instructive, and you can always see how it’s going from your Teacher Dashboard.
When it comes to closing individual word gaps and getting more out of the curriculum, students need a balanced diet of words. Vocabulary.com serves up two ways for students to get what they need: Challenge play and list play. Make sure you assign your students a little bit of both so that they’ll:
This combination teaches students words related to the subject-matter you’re teaching, but also gives them the opportunity to revisit old trouble words and fill gaps.