Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Teaching Vocabulary with Graphic Organizers

The use of graphic organizers as a means to teach vocabulary is helpful in providing students with useful tools that encourage them to restate word meanings. Graphic organizers also help students demonstrate their knowledge of the word.

Graphic Organizer Transcription:

Graphic organizers are a useful tool for students to restate word meaning and to demonstrate their understanding of a word.

All the templates you see in this video are available for free download on the website, so be sure to check it out later.

In this graphic organizer, students create synonyms of the word related it to words that they already know. Synonyms are very useful anchors.

Then they can create examples to show what the word means, as well as antonyms and non-examples for deeper understanding.

Some words may lend themselves to a graphic organizer that relates to the five senses. For example the word discussed. What does it taste like? Give some examples of things that taste disgusting.

What does it look like? What does it smell like? Or sound like, or feel like? Student will have to think about the words in new ways and connect it to their own personal life. You can use this graphic organizer for students to create a non-linguistic representation of the word as well as some contextual examples of the word in action.

You’ve seen how graphic organizers can help students think of words in different ways, and provide contextualized word meaning. See how this principle and other vocabulary strategies are incorporated into

I’m one of the lead content developers and designers of Word Raider implements the principles of good learning games by leading expert doctor James Gee. We also integrated the research from vocabulary experts like Robert Marzano and Isabel Beck.

The game focuses not only on establishing word meaning, but also on grammar and usage and the different parts of speech.

Students encounter and interact with each word more than 10 times for depth of knowledge and retention in different contexts. They complete listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities in a fun and engaging virtual world like no other learning experience.

They are practicing vocabulary and are being assessed of their learning without even realizing it.
Well that’s it for today’s How-To Tip. Be sure to visit for more activities, downloads, and videos. There are a variety of subjects that we will cover, to help you teach English learners. You can learn more about Word Raider at, and don’t forget to share this with other teachers who might find it useful.

Until the next video, bye bye.

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