Helpful Ways to Use Vocabulary Charts

Thursday, September 2, 2021



Hello, lovelies! I am super excited to share this new set of vocabulary charts with you all. Using vocabulary charts within your classroom has so many great benefits, and they can be used in so many different ways! 

Picture-based vocabulary charts and word walls provide visual support for students which is essential when reading skills are still being developed. If they are struggling with spelling or if they need a new word, they can head over to the vocabulary wall for assistance. Also, by immersing our little learners in new vocabulary, we are strengthening their ability to expand both their writing and speaking skills. 

I'm excited to share a whole bunch of different methods about how you can integrate these charts into your classroom.

Ways to Use Vocabulary Charts

These vocabulary charts come in both a full page and half page size option so that you can use them in multiple ways. There are over 75 different themed charts included which makes it perfect for picking and choosing to fit your needs! Below, I have shared a few helpful ways to use vocabulary charts in your classrooms. 


A Word or Writing Wall 

You can use these vocabulary charts to create a word wall, writing wall or other themed wall. Having a visual word wall provides a reference point for students. When they need a new word or are stuck on spelling a word, they can head over to the word wall and note it down. I used to keep a bunch of mini whiteboards near the word wall, so that students could simply write down the word they needed and head back to their desks.

Also, when putting up vocabulary charts on your bulletin board, a handy tip is to use velcro so that you can easily change out the different cards as needed!

You might even like to use the charts to play games like charades. The possibilities are endless!


Writing Inspiration

When writing, it can become difficult for students to find a topic for inspiration, especially during a writing unit where students are consistently asked to come up with various topics to write about. You can use these vocabulary charts as a way to encourage and inspire creative writing ideas. Try keeping a stack of them in a little basket near a writing center; that way, you can easily pull out a card to assist with narratives, personal narratives, or recount writing. Sometimes, all students need is a little inspiration to help them get going. And, it is great for encouraging them to construct a themed story based on the provided vocabulary. I cannot wait to see all the fun writing pieces your kiddos come up with. 


Sentence Writing Center

With this resource, I have also included a sentence writing worksheet for students to practice using vocabulary from the charts. Having access to a wider range of vocabulary helps our students with words they wouldn't typically use in their writing. This activity would be perfect for Kindergarteners and First Graders.


EAL/D Support 

Themed vocabulary charts also play a crucial role in supporting your ESL students by exposing them to a wider range of words. Aiding your students in learning new vocabulary is critical for English language development. The visual nature of the charts help bridge the relationship between oral and written language. When you provide the pictures and the words, it can also assist in clarifying the meaning of unknown words.

Vocabulary charts can be used in so many different ways, and they can also aid our students in a ton of various capacities. Our goal is to help your little learners become strong writers by explicitly teaching the necessary skills and strategies they need as they continue through school. This bundle can be used with various grade levels and can definitely be differentiated for your classroom needs. These vocabulary charts are no-prep. Just print and go! I can't wait to hear how these worked in your classrooms, be sure to share your favorite ways with me!

Click on the link below to check them out :)

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