Vocabulary cards


  • Many experts believe that academic content vocabulary is the most important element in improving test scores (reference). Truly understanding vocabulary goes well beyond simple definitions.
  • Students can create vocabulary cards containing any kinds of information, including
  • • definition
  • • picture
  • • examples and non-examples
  • • word origins
  • • properties
  • • synonyms and antonyms
  • * use in a sentence
  • • analogy (e.g., kg:lb :: g:oz)
  • • conjugation for verbs
  • Students can do vocabulary as a teacher-directed or reflective activity.


  • Vocabulary word map from ReadingQuest.org
    Vocabulary word map from ReadingQuest.org
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    Vocabulary card


  1. Vocabulary cards
  2. Visualizing Vocabulary, from the National Writing Project (a variety of examples)
  3. Template with synonym, antonym and sentence (Word document)
  4. GetVocal (a variety of strategies)
  5. Science Vocabulary Strategies from Partnership for Student Success in Science
  6. ReadingQuest.org (a variety of strategies)
  7. Word document of vocabulary cards
  8. Also see Frayer vocabulary
  9. For fun, see the online graphical dictionary at http://www.visuwords.com/ and visual thesaurus at http://www.visualthesaurus.com/