Lesson Plan

Not Your Average Vocabulary Lesson

Get students to engage with words in order to increase their understanding.
Bobbi G.
Classroom teacher
Santa Fe South High School
Oklahoma City, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • define new vocabulary words in a variety of ways.
  • create videos and take pictures.
English Language Arts
Social Studies
English-Language Learning
Grades 6 – 12
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1 Hook

Create a scavenger hunt of new vocabulary words using QR Codes. Each code should be a new word, and your students will have to create a definition that actually makes sense to the students in order to get the clue for their next word. 

2 Guided Practice

Students will then make a quick video and take a picture that represents the meaning of each word they had to define.  They can edit their videos with Videolicious or iMovie. The app Phonto allows users to add words to their pictures, so students are able to include their vocabulary word with their snapshot. 

3 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Once all of the videos and pictures are complete, allow students to share one or two of their examples. Give the class time to discuss each presentation and provide feedback to one another.