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Creative Lesson Plan: Vocabulary Poster

By Trent Lorcher

Brighten up you room and increase vocabulary with this creative lesson plan. Bonus, free wall decorations!

There's no better way to kill a student's interest than giving them a long list of vocabulary words to memorize. Instead, try this activity to help students remember words and their meanings.

Supplies

This creative lesson plan calls for a few supplies:

  • 2 slices of plain white paper for each student
  • colored pencils or markers
  • dictionary or text book with glossary for each student

Preparation

  • Write vocabulary words on the board, if possible, two words for each student.
  • Give each student 2 slices of plain white paper.
  • Space colored pencils throughout the room, accessible to each student.
  • As students copy all words from the board, assign two words to each student.

Activitity

Students will make a small poster for each of their two assigned words. The poster must include:

  • the word (preferably in the center)
  • the definition
  • a picture or symbol clearly showing what the word means
  • a sentence clearly showing an understanding of the word's meaning. I recommend having students clear their sentence with you before putting it on the poster.

An 'A' poster possesses the following characteristics:

  • It's colorful, neat, attractive, and uses space wisely.
  • The word is used correctly in a sentence.
  • The picture shows meaning clearly.
  • The definition is correct.
  • All words are spelled correctly and punctuation is correct.

Additional Activity

This creative lesson plan activity helps students become familiar with a large amount of words in a short amount of time, using visual learning skills:

  • Give each student one finished posters (not their own).
  • Instruct students to study each word for 45 seconds, writing down the definition if they choose. Although they don't have to write it down, I encourage it by letting them use their notes on the vocabulary quiz. Students may also choose to write a positive comment on the back, or they can correct spelling and grammatical errors, if necessary.
  • Every 45 seconds, yell, "pass" and students will pass their word to the next student. WARNING: be sure to provide a detailed explanation of how the passing process works; otherwise, you'll have chaos. In addition, no matter how clear your explanation, at least one person will screw it up the first time. Be patient.
  • When all words have been passed or a predetermined number of words have been passed, collect the posters and hang them on the wall.
  • Give a multiple choice quiz. I prefer to hang the posters up and let them scan the room. That way I trick them into reviewing vocabulary.
  • Hang up words with correct grammar and spelling only. If someone's feelings are hurt, let them redo it.
  • Show off how great you are when parents and administrators come to your room.