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Spelling and Vocabulary, Grades 6-8

Resources for Learning and Practicing Language Arts Skills

Found In: language arts6-8

Words and their meanings and spellings are the building blocks of communication. The following lessons, activities, games, and tools will help students and teachers in grades 6-8 develop reading and writing skills critical for all subjects.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

Crossword Puzzles (Student Interactive)
Students in grades K-12 study content area vocabulary, practice grammar or parts of speech, or demonstrate what they have learned by creating crossword puzzles.

Spelling “Go Fish” Card Game
Students in grades 6-8 use cards with words in groups that follow the same pattern to learn how to spell them and learn what they mean.

Flip-a-Chip (Student Interactive)
Students in grades 6-8 flip two chips to mix and match four word parts and make four words. Students then insert the four words into a paragraph, using context clues to determine where each word belongs.

Additional Lesson Plans

Activities & Games

Make Beliefs Comix! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages
Students in grades 6-12 use their vocabulary to make a three-panel comic.

Background Resources

Quizzes

It’s Greek to Me
Grades 6-8 learn the Greek language’s contribution to the English.

English Vocabulary (grades 6-12)
Define words correctly and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Printables

Calliope, Muse of Eloquence
Printable worksheets help grades 6-8 learn English words from classical mythology.

Tools

Spelling & Vocabulary Website: SpellingCity (K-12)
Make games, flash cards, and tests.

Books

  • Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
    By Lindsey Carlton and Robert J. Marzano
    Marzano Research Laboratory (March 15, 2010
  • Teaching Basic and Advanced Vocabulary: A Framework for Direct Instruction
    By Robert J. Marzano
    Heinle (Cengage Learning) and Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (June 8, 2009)
  • Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples
    By Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
    The Guilford Press (April 28, 2008)
  • Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
    By Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
    The Guilford Press (March 20, 2002)
  • Teaching English Spelling: A Practical Guide
    By Ruth Shemesh and Sheila Waller
    Cambridge University Press (March 13, 2000)
  • Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12
    By Janet Allen
    Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 1999)

last updated: April 16, 2014

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