Tier Two Vocabulary Activities for Second and Third Graders

8 Sep

Now that I know my caseload for this year I have discovered that I have a huge group of second through fifth graders with vocabulary and semantic goals. Many of them are English Language Learners as well! I realized I am going to need a very systematic way to address my kid’s semantic goals so that they make progress and I don’t go crazy!

To teach vocabulary this year I have decided to focus on “tier two” words. What are tier two words? Tier two vocabulary words are high-frequency words that occur throughout multiple domains and have been shown to strongly impact speaking and reading. They are crucial for reading comprehension and increasing a student’s descriptive vocabulary. Basically, they are the words that give you the biggest bang for your buck when teaching vocabulary!

Tier Two Vocabulary CurriculumI developed this Tier Two Vocabulary Curriculum and Activities Pack for second and third graders (or older kids working at that level) with an eye on identifying a set of words for each grade level and then creating activities and games that will target those words. I also focused on including activities that increase comprehension and word-learning strategies like using context clues, formulating sentences, and connecting words to the kid’s own lives.

The pack has 60 tier two words targeted (30 at each grade level). The words are broken up into 10 units with 6 words in each unit. Each unit has worksheets and game cards for all of the words. The game cards can be used with any turn-taking game or board game. They are divided into three categories – synonyms, multiple choice, and connections (open ended questions connecting the vocabulary to something they know.)

An example of one of the worksheets in the pack

An example of one of the worksheets in the pack

I want to make a word wall this year so I included all the words on word wall card cutouts in three different designs so you can either use a lot of color ink or just a little bit of black ink – your choice! I tried to keep the amount of ink used to a minimum throughout the packet because that stuff is expensive!

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There are also graphic organizers included so your kids can make a vocabulary notebook or keep track of the words they are learning. I think my favorite part of the pack are the “Apples to Apples” style cards included that target all 20 adjectives that are targeted in the curriculum. My kids and I never get sick of “Apples to Apples” so I can’t wait to sneak their vocabulary targets in!

I am working on finishing up a pack for my fourth and fifth graders as well. This project definitely kept growing bigger than I originally planned and there are still more things to add to it I just need to find the time!

You can find the pack on Teachers Pay Teachers here.

If you have any ideas for the types of activities you would like to see added to this kind of a packet please let me know!


One Response to “Tier Two Vocabulary Activities for Second and Third Graders”


  1. Tier Two Vocabulary Activities for Fourth and Fifth Grade | The Communication Window - September 15, 2013

    […] week I posted about my Tier Two Vocabulary Activity Pack for Second and Third Graders and have been working furiously this week to finish up my Tier Two Vocabulary Curriculum and […]

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