The Sunday Save: Kick off to Vocabulary Week


I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I'm excited about the upcoming week here on The Classroom Game Nook and you should be, too!  

I am hosting a Vocabulary Week where every post this week will have something to do with vocabulary development.  


Because our students need explicit vocabulary instruction.  As great as it would be to have students pick up on high-level vocabulary all on their own, chances are, they weren't even paying attention when you used that really great new word that you'd like them to use in their writing.  So, this week, I'd like to share games, tips, websites, resources and more that you can use to help highten student's vocabulary awareness.  

So let's kick it off with a good ol' fashion "Sunday Save-Day" freebie game!


My first vocabulary game for you helps to reinforce using context clues.  This is such a hard concept for kiddos, and really, in order to get better, they need practice, right?

Back in September, on National "Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day" (Sept. 19), I created this context clue game where students used context clues to figure out pirate words (did you grab it then?  If not, go get it now - it's free :).  I had such great response to the game from everyone who downloaded it, that I decided to create another game similar, but with a "Tic-Tac-Toe" game board instead.


Students play in partners using a tic-tac-toe board:

Then, they take turns answering a context clue card (24 cards in all).  The cards have sentences on them that contain higher-level vocabulary.  Students use the context clues within the sentence to help figure it out.  They choose the best meaning of the word from the multiple choice options on the back of the card.

Their partner checks the answer key to make sure they are right, and if they are, they get to place one of their marking pieces on the tic-tac-toe board.  You know the drill, ya gotta get 3 across, 3 vertically, or 3 diagonally.  Once a player has done that, he/she wins the round!

Scoot on over to either of the store below (click on the dominoes of the store you want) to get your very own copy.

Oh yeah - it's free.

If you love it, please pin it and share with others!  I really do love sharing as many resources as I can for free on this blog, and I want everyone to benefit from it!  So help me get the word out!

In addition, if you've got a great vocabulary tip, game, resources, please share with the rest of us by leaving a comment below!  Let's help our students start talking, reading, and writing like a vocab pro!





0 # Andrea Crawford 2013-02-17 18:44
Such a great idea! Thank you, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for Vocabulary Week!

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0 # Megan 2013-02-17 19:22
Thanks for sharing. This looks like fun to use.
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0 # Amanda C 2013-02-17 20:27
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you! This is definitely something my kiddos need more practice with!
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0 # Roberta Martin 2013-02-18 20:30
Thank you so much for sharing!
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0 # Barbara 2013-02-23 16:22
Thanks for sharing these wonderful activities. I teach a direct instruction reading class to 6th grade SPED students. I am always looking for ideas to help increase their vocabulary. Your game activities are just what I need.
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0 # Julie 2013-02-24 22:36
I cannot figure out how to get this!!! :-x
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0 # Pia 2013-02-27 19:50
I tried to get your free context clues tic tac toe game but can't find it :(
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0 # Rachael Parlett 2013-02-27 19:56
Hi Pia!

All you have to do is either click on the TpT dominoe picture or the TN dominoe picture and it will take you to my stores to download it for free! Let me know if you have any other questions! Enjoy the freebie!
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