Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media
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(Vocabulary Activities)

Students can participate in the following activities for vocabulary acquisition daily, weekly, or monthly. Teachers can create continuity by using the same bank of activities and substituting different vocabulary lists (e.g. context words from novel chapter, most used words on standardized tests, etc.) One activity can be used during part of a class period, OR multiple activities can be used together in a station rotation for a whole class period.

I can:
  • Use an online dictionary to define and pronounce words.
  • Understand the connotation (feeling) and denotation (actual meaning) of new words.
  • Make connections between images and words.
  • Write sentences with new words defined by context clues.
Tech Skills:
  • Use an online dictionary

  • Copy and paste text and images

  • Create and use online flashcards using Google Sheets

  • Record voice and/or video using web tools

  • Access and take an online quiz

  • Drag and Drop

  • Keyboarding

Materials and Resources:
  • Vocabulary List

  • Laptop/Desktop

  • Online dictionary of your choice

  • Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Frayer Model template

  • Flippity Spreadsheet

  • Vocaroo (or another audio recording tool)

  • FlipGrid (or another video recording tool)


Grade Level:
  • 6th Grade (Can be adapted for other grade levels)

Subject Area:
  • ELA (Vocabulary Acquisition)


Activity 1: Introduce and define words

Provide students with list of vocabulary words. Students complete a slideshow using this template. Students may work collaboratively or independently to find definitions using an online dictionary. Then they can locate and insert an image that relates to the word. They can also write an original sentence using the word with a context clue.


Activity 2: Create online flashcards using Flippity.

Follow the instructions to create online flashcards. You or your students will need to be able to enter the words and the definitions into a Google Sheet.


Activity 3: Practice with audio (Vocaroo) or video (FlipGrid) recording

Have students write original sentences or even paragraphs that they will read and record to practice using these words.

Activity 4

Take a teacher- or student-made practice quiz using Quizlet.


Practice Activity

Students can practice other students’ Flippity Flashcards, listen to or watch other student recordings, and use other functions of Quizlet to interact with words and increase exposure.


CCR Anchor Standard 4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple- meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word's
position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to
the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both
print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or part of speech.

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
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