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While word walls are primarily associated with lower elementary, they can be a powerful tool in upper elementary. Create a word wall in your classroom to collect vocabulary, prefixes, suffixes and Greek/Latin roots. As learners are writing or responding to reading encourage learners to utilize the words in their papers. To make this setup easier, the document attached comes with ready word wall labels and blank cards for writing new terms. I recommend making multiple copies of the blank cards and placing them in a basket in your room. Designate a learner o write the word down and place on the word wall.  



Shades of meaning is all about working with words that contain different levels of expression and meaning. This is a great activity to do as a warm-up in small group or as a separate station in your room for early finishers or review. Have an area in your room where you can have learners categorize the words. This can be space on the floor or a pocket chart that you have hangin on the wall/door. Students work together in partners to categorize the words from stronger meaning to weaker meaning. Learners can hen record their answers in on the recording sheet provided. 



Headbanz is a class favorite and easy to prep! Using the template below, fill in your vocabulary words. Print on cardstock for durability. As an added bonus for organization, determine how many groups you will need to print for. Give each group a different color set. This will make storing and organizing much easier. To play, have learners pair up. The learner holding the cards will hold them on their forehead for their partner to see. Set a timer and have students give clues to help the other know what word it is. The holder can pass if they do not know or it has taken too long. The person with the most cards wins. 



Classroom collections are great to use in your class as an independent activity. You can use them for grammar skills and figurative language. Using the resource below, make multiple copies and have these prepped at the start of the year for easy use. Give students a focus such as: simile, metaphor etc. and while learners are independent reading for the day, they will search for an example of that particular focus. Students write it down, along with what text they found it and turn it in. You can create rings based on focus or have students keep their collections to review periodically. 



Jenga is a great game for review and practice. You can purchase a small Jenga set at the Dollar Tree. You can choose to use all the blocks or have only a specific number of blocks for students to play with. Keep the extra blocks in a separate container to replenish lost items as needed. To create the game, you will take 5 colored markers and color the ends of the block. Do this in three's to ensure you have the same number for each color. Students are placed into groups and given the questions sheet. A student will pull a block and the entire group is responsible for answering the question in that section. Students will record their answers on their recording sheets. If another student pulls the same color, they will then answer the next question on the page. You can edit this to fit your needs or use it in a different subject!



Part of fourth grade standards are to introduce terms that allude to Greek Mythology characters. To get you started, this documents consists of words, their meanings and how it relates to characters within Greek Mythology. Keep in mind that the standard is not for students to have a full understanding of mythology texts but that learners understand how our words are derived from the myths and characters. 

Intended for fourth grade and as a review for fifth grade learners. 



This is a whole group activity for your class. Quiz Quiz Trade is about communication, collaboration and movement. Have your vocabulary words printed and laminated (option for durability). Pass out one card to each learner. Give them one minute to review the meaning and pronunciation of the word. Learners will stand and as the music plays they will walk around. Once the music stops, they will pair up and quiz each other on the word. Once finished, learners will begin walking around to the music and when it stops pair up to a different person. This time, they will trade and have a new card. Repeat the process. 



Word webs are recommended for grades 5-6. Younger grades can however complete this as a class activity that consists of turning and talking to get learners thinking and provide a challenge. In this activity, group learners to think o words related to the center. You can use the examples I have given you or have learners insert a vocabulary word (This is similar to synonyms and Shades of Meaning). Learners come up with words that relate and build from there. The goal is to have learners use sentence variety and discuss how the mood/tone can change with the use of different words. 



I love grouping learners to participate in a sorting exercise. With this resource, you will find pre-made sentences for each type of figurative language. Simply print, cut and store. You can group together different types of figurative language for variation and make it challenging by adding three categories versus two.  This document is editable therefore you can make adjustments to the sentences as you see fit for your class. 



This activity comes from the game Taboo! In this activity, learners are given cards that are either pre-filled or blank. The level of difficult comes when learners must create the words that cannot be said to help define the vocabulary word. To play, place the vocabulary word at the very top of the card. This is the word you want to participants to say. Underneath, identify four words that you or the participants cannot say. These are your TABOO words. The player with the card gives hints until the participants try and guess the word. If the participants say a TABOO word the do not gain any points. 



Bingo is a favorite in my classroom. To make setting up easier, you will use blank templates for your class. Have learners write the words in the spaces available. Before starting the game, walk around and ensure that learners have filled in all the space and give a stamp or check mark to show that you have checked their page. ***Note: You can create a checklist with the words that students need to write in. They can cross this off the words on their list as they write them in their BINGO card. Provide chips or have learners make their own using scrap pieces of paper. Make this even more fun and have students play for a prize! 



Jepordy is a fun and interactive activity for your class. You can have them on teams to compete or have no teams and pull names to choose which category to select (To award points, each person has an opportunity to call once and receives double the points if correct while all other learners only receive the points assigned on the board). An easy way to set up is to use the site Jeopardy Labs. You can create your own boards or search amongst the thousands of already create boards by using key words. 



This activity is intended for 3rd grade but can be used as a review for 4th and 5th grade learners. Students will work in pairs or small groups to sort through literal and nonliteral language. Be sure to spend time having a conversation with students on the meaning of nonliteral sentences. This document is completely editable and you can make adjustments to the sentences as you see fit.