Lesson Plan #:AELP-VOC0008

Vocabulary Building

An Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plan

Author: Judy Ezell
School or Affiliation: Fort Gibson Elementary, Fort Gibson, OK
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center's Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.

Date: May 1994

Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3


Overview: Elementary students tend to use a limited vocabulary. Teachers can provide the addition of new vocabulary words in ways that are fun and enriching. There are various activities that provide ways for children to brainstorm lists of words to be used in sentences, stories, or conversation.

Purpose: The purpose of these activities are to help teachers provide ways for students to increase the number of words in a given situation for student usage.

Objectives: As a result of these activities, students will:

  1. learn how to work together as a group
  2. learn how to brainstorm for ideas/words
  3. relate themes to specific word groups
  4. learn how to use a web to collect ideas



These activities are suggestions that can be used at anytime and for any subject.

Tying It All Together: Use of these types of activities may encourage children to use a variety of words in stories or conversations. Taught in this non-threatening way, children may be willing to be more verbal and those that are too verbal may encourage/support other children. These activities may be used as an introduction or expansion of a lesson.