How to Make Learning New Words Fun and Interesting
Vocabulary is one of the most important elements in learning. A rich vocabulary opens many doors to all areas of knowledge. There are several lessons that help children learn new vocabulary words. A word vault is a fun and interesting way to teach children new words using critical thinking skills.
A word vault can be done in many different ways. It can be a treasure box/vault placed in the room or a bulletin board somewhere in the room where kids can write new words down. The treasure box/vault is most fun because the words can be a secret until they are revealed by the teacher. The student’s first responsibility is to pay attention throughout their day and find words that they are not familiar with. When they enter the classroom at the beginning of the day they write the new word down and place it into the vault. Once the kids are in their seats and ready for the day, the teacher pulls the words out one at a time. First of all the kids write down what they think the word means, and then they research the meaning, last they use the word in a sentence. After they do this, they share what they learned with the class. The teacher must stress that they can ask her or their peers for help and it is a lesson for all of them so if they come up with the wrong answer it is ok, they are learning and the teacher will make sure they know the right answer at the end of the day. They can also add drawings to their words for fun and visualization.
By using the word vault students learn to be aware of the vocabulary they hear on a daily basis. They have fun figuring out new words and learning what they mean. Their critical thinking skills are enhanced because they are required to think outside of the box and they feel a sense of control because they are taking charge of their own education.
About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.