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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, 2021 and runs through April 30, 2022.

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.

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Every word that you (or your students) master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total, and propel your school up the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards.

Get your game on.

Harness the power of friendly competition.

Vocabulary.com motivates students with gamified vocabulary instruction. As students work to master words, they earn points and badges to "level up" and add to their individual achievements while propelling their school up the Vocabulary Bowl leaderboards. The more the play, the more they learn, so it's a win-win.

Dream big, start small.

Foster a spirit of collaboration.

Bowl success depends on students working together, and often starts with just one teacher encouraging their class to put in the effort. The key is to set challenging but attainable Bowl goals on the real-time leaderboards which are structured to allow schools of all sizes to vie for top spots on the county, state, and national level.

Truly differentiated instruction.

Students are all different — the way they learn vocabulary should be too.

When students play for their school in the Vocab Bowl, they're learning words on Vocabulary.com. We use adaptive technology to continuously assess each learner's progress and work with them until they achieve mastery. And because each student gets personalized instruction, all learners can contribute to their school's success.

A Smarter Approach for Today's Educators

Whatever you're teaching, Vocabulary.com can help.

It's time to ditch the flashcards and close the workbooks. Watch this short video to see how easy it is to integrate vocabulary instruction with the texts and topics that you're already teaching.


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Whether you’re a teacher or a learner, Vocabulary.com can put you or your class on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.