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In Word-O-Rama, students choose the correct spelling and vocabulary word for each clue read to them.

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Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Vocabulary

What? Vocabulary is a foundational skill needed in English Language Arts and content areas alike. More...Less

K-12 students will come across unfamiliar words in both fiction and nonfiction text. Therefore, it is important in all subject areas to incorporate academic vocabulary as well as content specific vocabulary instruction into their vocabulary lesson plans.

When? As early as kindergarten, students learn to determine the meaning of unknown words. More...Less

Throughout grades K-5, students are explicitly instructed on skills and strategies to determine word meaning, such as identifying antonyms and synonyms or context clues. In middle and high school, students are expected to apply their vocabulary knowledge into their writing.

How to teach: Word-O-Rama can be used in a whole group setting to review words before a vocabulary assessment. The activity can be projected onto a Promethean Board or whiteboard for an engaging interactive review game. Teachers can also assign Word-O-Rama for independent practice during literacy centers or for homework.

Play to learn: Word-O-Rama is presented as a game show where students can test their vocabulary skills. More...Less

Students will see either a definition, sentence, antonym or synonym at the top of the screen. They read the clue and then select the word that fits. Immediate feedback is provided if the answer is incorrect, and students are encouraged to keep trying until they get the answer right.

Teaching Tip: Teachers of all subject areas can use Word-O-Rama for vocabulary word study practice. It is fun to play with the whole class. Because the clues are not read aloud, Word-O-Rama is best to assign to students who are readers.

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