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English Language Arts - 3rd

Exploring Vocabulary with Word Maps

Title: Exploring Vocabulary with Word Maps

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 3

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This activity engages third-grade students in building their vocabulary skills through the use of word maps.

Topic: Vocabulary

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and define new vocabulary words
  • Organize vocabulary words using word maps
  • Apply new vocabulary words in sentences


This activity will be conducted in a whole-class setting, with students working individually and in small groups. It will involve a combination of teacher-led instruction, guided practice, and independent work.


  • Chart paper or whiteboard
  • Markers or whiteboard markers
  • Word cards with new vocabulary words
  • Blank paper or word map templates


  1. Introduce the concept of vocabulary and explain its importance in understanding and using language effectively.
  2. Display a word card with a new vocabulary word and ask students if they know its meaning. Discuss and provide the definition if necessary.
  3. Model how to create a word map on the chart paper or whiteboard. Start with the new vocabulary word in the center and brainstorm related words, synonyms, antonyms, and examples around it.
  4. Divide students into small groups and provide each group with a set of word cards and blank paper or word map templates.
  5. Instruct students to choose a word card, write the word in the center of their paper or template, and create a word map by adding related words, synonyms, antonyms, and examples.
  6. Circulate around the classroom to provide guidance and support as students work on their word maps.
  7. After completing their word maps, have students share their maps with the class. Encourage them to explain their choices and connections.
  8. As a closing activity, ask students to write sentences using some of the new vocabulary words from their word maps. Collect and review their sentences to assess their understanding and application of the words.

By the end of this activity, students should:

  • Know: The meanings of new vocabulary words and how to organize them using word maps.
  • Understand: The importance of vocabulary in language comprehension and expression.
  • Can do: Apply new vocabulary words in sentences to demonstrate understanding.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 3

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