Use these vocabulary building templates to help your students learn and retain new words.

Go beyond "word and definition" vocabulary lessons with these worksheets. Your students will learn and retain new words more quickly by listing synonyms, antonyms, researching etymologies, writing sentences, drawing pictures, using sentence context clues, etc., for a more holistic approach to acquiring a larger vocabulary. These sheets are offered in a variety of formats, and target beginning readers through middle or early high school, so you’re sure to find one that works with your curriculum.

Note: You can get away from a traditional vocabulary structure entirely by using the first sheet, which requires more abstract thinking from your students.

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Printable Organizers For Improving Vocabulary

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Vocabulary Concept Chart

This sheet allows a core word or concept to be listed, with characteristics and dissimilarities noted.

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Vocabulary Builder Chart

Asks for a definition, part of speech label, synonyms and antonyms, sentence usage, and illustration.

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New Vocabulary Words Chart

This sheet asks for the same information as the page above, but in a slightly different layout.

Vocabulary Builder Chart 3

This sheet asks for the same information as the page above, but in a slightly different layout.

Using Pictures With New Words

While more focused on the artistic side, this worksheet also has space for an etymology.

Vocabulary Introduction Chart

This sheet challenges students to derive definitions of new vocabulary words from context clues.