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March 5, 2021

Video Playlist: 5 Vocabulary Strategies

The back-to-school season is a busy time, so we want to offer five quick strategy videos, all centered around teaching vocabulary. The first two highlight different approaches for teaching difficult vocabulary in high school and the last three range from the middle school level to young learners. We’ve also included one of the Teaching Channel staff’s favorite videos on a brilliant idea for using free paint samples to help students build their vocabularies. 

See how Ms. Niebur pre-teaches vocabulary words before tackling a digital literacy topic. This video focuses on key vocabulary related to copyright and fair use.

student at desk

Now, watch how Ms. Banks builds her students’ vocabulary when reading science texts. This video was filmed at a high school but the strategy is easy to apply to any grade level.

teacher helping student

An old favorite of mine — College Talk. I love Ms. Kim’s approach to teaching young students words that many may think could wait until later. What high-level word would you teach to young learners? 

Garrulous - College Talk phrase

In Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive, middle school students have fun finding missing words from classmates in this gamified lesson.

engaged students

And finally, a Teaching Channel favorite, Vocabulary Paint Chips, can help build vocabulary by examining related words.

vocabulary paintchips

How are you helping students improve their vocabulary this year? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook which video was your favorite and if you have any other strategies that every teacher should add to their vocabulary teaching toolkit!


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