Out of all of the skills and texts we need to cover in English Language Arts, vocabulary acquisition cannot be emphasized enough. Unfortunately, sometimes vocabulary instruction can get thrown to the wayside while trying to meet the demands of a packed full curriculum and required standardized testing.
For the past few years, I have been creating and revising various vocabulary assignments and activities. Along the way, I learned that I needed something that could become a routine while remaining flexible. I also realized that choosing quality words are better including a long word list. I have always loved the concept of Interactive Notebooks but have never been able to implement them consistently. All of that cutting and pasting uses a lot more instructional time than I'd really like it to. We have so much to do and so little time! Not to mention, my students are 1:1 with Chromebooks, and we use Google Classroom quite a bit.
Thus, the Digital Interactive Vocabulary Notebook was born. Each section uses tried-and-true vocabulary instructional strategies. In the first section, students use context clues to determine the meaning of each word. In the next, students use dictionaries or online reference sources and then drag & drop tiles to their matching definitions. My favorite section is called "Picture Connection" which requires students to search online for images they connect with the vocabulary word and write a short explanation. There is also a page for the classic sentence completion exercise and a word association chart where students choose synonyms, antonyms, connections, or examples to each word. The last section requires students to write a short text using at least five of the words from the list correctly. The final page has a link to a Quizlet study set for that word list. If you haven't used Quizlet yet, I urge you to check it out. It's free and my students find it both fun and helpful.
Digital Interactive Vocabulary Notebooks have become a staple in my classroom. Check out my Digital Interactive Vocabulary Notebook Word List 1 which features words from Gary Soto's short story "Seventh Grade." I love starting the year with this story! I also have DIVNB Word List 2 which features vocabulary from "Thank You, Ma'am" and "War of the Wall." Follow my TpT store so you'll be the first to see when I add more!
I'm Ashley-- middle school ELA teacher, PBIS coordinator, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mom to two hilarious little boys and a gentle-giant Newfie.