Lesson Plan

Vocabulary Flash Cards

Making flash cards is something done by students of all ages. Help your kids develop good study habits with this lesson plan, which will teach them how to use flash cards and a dictionary to learn new vocabulary.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Vocabulary Practice pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Vocabulary Practice pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define key terms and identify their part of speech.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Have students join you in a group area.
  • Make sure each student, or each pair of students, has a dictionary. A dictionary is a resource that gives information about words.
  • Tell students that they are going to practice looking up words in the dictionary and then they are going to make their own flash cards, which are cards containing a small amount of important information to help you learn something. The cards will be used to practice their vocabulary. Vocabulary is the list of words to learn.
  • Tell them that this is an important skill because in the future, they may want to make flash cards to help them study for a test.


  • Ask students to talk to a partner about what they know about the information that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Show ELs a dictionary in their home language (L1) and a dictionary in English (L2). Allow them to flip through and compare.
  • Have students rephrase what they will be studying in today's lesson in L1 or L2.


  • Have ELs discuss what they know about a dictionary with a partner and then share out as a whole group. Allow them to use L1 or L2.
  • Provide a word bank for students to use when discussing what they know about the dictionary.
  • Display an example of a dictionary entry for the word school. Point out the important components that students need to know as they use a dictionary (part of speech, definitions, example sentence).