Teaching the vocabulary of Charlie and the Chocolate factory

Learning Intention / Overview

Understanding vocabulary in a text aids students in understanding events and concepts in a story.  Using context clues from stories also ensures that students look closely at text and examine word meanings. Once students comprehend vocabulary they are better able to make connections in text and in conclusion better understand the story.  This lesson will also provide students with the opportunity to practice using a thesaurus.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

  •  Group work
  •  Understanding Context Clues
  • Thesaurus Practice
  •  Personalized Learning

Assessment of Learning

·         Vocabulary Sheet (provided)

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Teach students about antonyms through Charlotte's Web

Antonyms are words or phrases with the opposite meanings.  This activity will practice identifying and locating antonyms for vocabulary words used in Charlotte’s Web.  Antonyms are a vocabulary skill that is important due to changing sentence meaning. 

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Teaching students the vocabulary of 'Charlotte's Web'

This activity will allow students to explore vocabulary from Charlotte’s Web and practice using a dictionary to gain better understanding of words.  Once students comprehend vocabulary they are better able to make connections in text and in conclusion better understand the story.

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Student reading tasks for 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Learning Intention:

The objective of this ongoing activity is to encourage students to learn the meaning of difficult vocabulary in order to assist in understanding the text in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Vocabulary is often referred to as a list of words used in a particular text.  The understanding and use of such words could include actions, concepts, or word meanings in a text.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Group work

·        Personalized Learning

·        Individual Tasks

Assessment of Learning

·         Chapter Chart for Vocabulary (provided)

·         Student Participation of Tasks

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Using riddles to develop student's vocabulary skills


The riddle is a misleading or puzzling question that people pose as a problem to be solved.    In past cultures the riddle was often used as a guessing game from folklore. 

Folklore incorporated riddles to boost creative thinking and logic.  In addition riddles that are well written help with vocabulary development and understanding. Students become more aware of how to solve riddles by reading the clues that are written describing people, animals, places, or objects.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Modeled Practice

·        Questioning

·        Individual Task

Assessment of Learning

·         Riddles Worksheet (provided)

·         Demonstrated an understanding of writing clues to describe people, animals, places, or objects by writing a riddle


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Lesson plan to improve student vocabulary skills


Word choice is a component of writing that all writing and language arts teachers should strive to continually emphasize.  When students use simplistic and imprecise words, their writing takes on an elementary tone that may make important issues seem less important to readers.  On the other hand, use rich, precise language can create strong connections between an author’s words and the ideas that they are trying to convey.  

A comparison between writers that uses strong words and those that use weaker words can be found in salsa and rice cakes. Just as salsa is spicy and varied, one’s word choice should be too!  On the other hand, rice cakes tend to be bland and boring; this is the word choice that authors should seek to eliminate from their writing.

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Christmas Vocabulary Challenge Game


With the Spirit of Christmas in the air, students are bound to think about the holidays, right?   This fun game allows students to use their spelling, writing, and reading skills to compete in a friendly vocabulary game.  There are various categories and different challenges that appeal to different thinking skills  Everyone is sure to enjoy the team efforts that these five rounds combine.  Let’s get the combination started to see which team emerges as the victor in the Christmas Spirit Showdown.

Lesson Plan: Identifying vocabulary mentors in your class

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This is a student-centered vocabulary activity to be used to identify peer tutors within the process of class discussion. In so doing, the identified Peer Tutors will HELP the Teacher reach the students while teaching vocabulary through active class discussion.

1. Procedures to Execute as a WHITEBOARD ACTIVITY with Note-taking
Provide students with the following info as a handout.
Use the following rating system below to indicate YOUR comprehension of the vocabulary that follows.
0 = Haven’t a clue 1 = Know I have heard it, but I can't define it 2 = Know I have heard it, have some sense of its meaning 3 = Have a good sense of its meaning when I see it or hear it 4 = Can define it and explain its meaning to someone else
2. Teacher presents each term in a PPT display; orally and/or written on board one at a time. Important: ONLY present terms in context of a specific authentic lesson, literature piece, etc. to increase student construction of meaning.

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