Strategy

Word Bank

Word List, Word Wall

UDL 2.4 UDL 5.2

A word bank is a list of words that is created by the teacher or student that relates to the core content and academic material the student is learning. The word bank provides the student with access to the key vocabulary and helps with instructional level vocabulary development, spelling and writing. The word bank can be embedded within the academic material or core content. Word banks help students recall words that they have previously learned.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Templates

3-Column Word Bank

Three-column word bank that can be customized for all content areas. Includes space for students to write nouns, adjectives, and adverbs related to the topic. The template in this set can be used by students as a personal reference sheet or enlarged for classroom displays.

Grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing · 1 pages


Graphic Organizer

Graphic Organizers for Word Banks

A collection of customizable templates for creating word banks in all content areas. The templates in this set include a word bank web and bulleted list. The templates in this set can be used by students as personal reference sheets or enlarged for classroom displays.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing, Math · 2 pages


Templates

Image and Definition Word Banks

A collection of customizable templates for creating word banks in all content areas. The templates in this set include space for students to include images and definitions for words.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · Reading, Writing, Math · 3 pages


Implementation Tips

Student-created
Students can create their own word bank and use this throughout the lesson/unit.
Images
The word bank can include symbolic language (e.g. symbols, pictures) in addition to words.
Length
Be thoughtful about the size of the word bank including the number of words as this will change depending on the needs of the learner.
Form
A word bank can take many forms (e.g. poster on the wall, a word list within a student's binder).
Accessibility
Word banks need to be readily accessible to the student and available when the student needs to use and or reference the words.

Examples

Descriptive Words
When writing about a character in the story, the student can refer to word bank with a list of descriptive words about the character's traits. The student may keep the word bank in a writing binder or journal.
Social Studies
When teaching and reading about Independence Day, create a class word bank as a poster on the wall that students can refer to throughout the unit (e.g. America, United States, Founding Fathers, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Philadelphia, independence, July, fourth, holiday, republic, democracy, land, country, nation, states, thirteen, original colonies, government, citizen, patriot, freedom, history).
Math
During a geometry test, provide a word bank of key concepts and terms students can use to answer questions, fill-in-the-blank, etc. This word bank may appear at the top of the test or embedded within the test.

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