Having a strong vocabulary increases our ability to communicate effectively. This session will assist participants with new ways to increase student vocabulary through the use of mindmapping tools such as Inspiration. Vocabulary caught in context will get your students talking!


Personalized Home Page for Vocab
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Book 1, Blue Tab (19) / Book 1, Brown Tab (46)

Vocabulary Charts

Difficult Words - multiple meaning, a different context
Important Words for understanding a concept or text
Useful words - ones students are likely to encounter again and again.

Teaching Vocabulary (47)

Step 1 - Give description or explanation of word.
Step 2 - Provide non-linguistic (non-verbal) representation of word.
Step 3 - Students write own description or explanation.
Step 4 - Students create own non-verbal representation.
Step 5 - Periodically check map and use words in context.

Word Maps and Charts

  • Word Map Outline
  • Frayer Model

Mindmapping Tools

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The essential tool to visualize, think, organize and learn
Inspiration® is the essential visual thinking and learning tool students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the integrated Diagram and Outline Views, learners create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing. This powerful combination encourages learning in multiple modes. As a result, students gain and retain a better understanding of concepts and demonstrate knowledge, improving their performance across the curriculum.
Students build graphic organizers, including concept mapswebsand idea maps, in Inspiration to:
  • Plan and organize
  • Research and evaluate
  • Comprehend and communicate


Online Community

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The visual way to explore and understand words, numbers and concepts
Created for K-5 learners, Kidspiration® develops thinking, literacy and numeracy skills using proven visual learning principles. In reading and writing, Kidspiration strengthens word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension and written expression. With new visual math tools, students build reasoning and problem solving skills.
Kidspiration helps students:
  • Develop strong thinking skills
  • Strengthen reading and writing skills
  • Build conceptual understanding in math


Online Community

Web Tools

Vocabulary Links

Mmkrill's Favorite Links on vocabulary from Diigo

Preview Video

Vocabulary Guide



  • Activate
  • LFS Vocabulary Preview
  • Organizer Information
  • Inspiration/Kidspiration
    • Templates
    • Word Guide
    • Images
  • Web Tools
  • Practice with Tools
  • Choose one that you made and post to blog.
  • Read posts of others.

Increase Vocabulary With:
1. wide reading
2. repetition
3. word structure
4. integration
5. context

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