Free Vocabulary Worksheets

Free Vocabulary Worksheets

The free vocabulary worksheets below were created with Vocabulary Worksheet Factory and provide practice in challenging vocabulary activities and basic language skills. The worksheets can be used at any level to help introduce vocabulary, as a group activity, a homework exercise, or a review.

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Around the House

Beginners in any language learn the words for items in their homes. It is a common lexical set and there are a lot of ways to teach it. Using worksheets like those in this set allows the teacher to bring variety to the classroom. Pair and group work with these sheets as a base makes the class come alive and in turn make the words more memorable for the students.

These worksheets are challenging enough for a mixed level classroom and offer the repetition needed for this new word list to be integrated into the students’ growing vocabulary. Students will be engaged because they will be having fun as they work together to complete these exercises.

Study Sheet
Crossword
Crossword Key
Alphabet Soup
Alphabet Soup Key
Magic Square
Magic Square Key
Spelling Challenge
Spelling Challenge Key
Lined
Lined Key
Spiral
Spiral Key
Framework
Framework Key
Decoder
Decoder Key
Word Search
Word Search Key
Around the House Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


Egypt and the January 25th Revolution

The world was gripped by the Arab Spring, including the revolution in Egypt. The revolution was propelled by a remarkable cast of characters all over the country and is sure to be part of any social studies curriculum. These worksheets help to differentiate the names and places that rose to prominence during this time. This set is geared towards advanced classes and many of the sheets do not have word banks for the students to rely on. They must use the clues to complete the exercises.

Learning foreign names and places is often a struggle for students because they don’t have a strong frame of reference. This set of worksheets introduces the key figures and places of the revolution and exposes students to different words in different groupings. Students will be able to identify a person and their role and the most widely known places and symbols of those historic 18 days in Egypt. Teachers can use these sheets as warmers to find out how much their students know before the lesson even begins and later as a way to consolidate their teaching.

Study Sheet
Alphabet Soup
Alphabet Soup Key
Decoder
Decoder Key
Matching
Matching Key
Spelling Challenge
Spelling Challenge Key
Magic Square
Magic Square Key
Multiple Choice
Multiple Choice Key
Word Jumbles
Word Jumbles Key
Spelling Challenge
Spelling Challenge Key
Word Search
Word Search Key
Egypt and the January 25th Revolution Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


Commonly Confused Words

ESL students and native speakers alike will find this set of worksheets useful. English is filled with words that either sound similar or look the same. These sheets make students practice the difference between words that are easily confused. They will see the same words in different contexts and practice using them in a variety of ways. They will focus on each aspect of the words, from the shapes to the length along with the meaning.

Teachers can use these exercises to test their students before proceeding with the lesson and again after to see how much they’ve absorbed. These worksheets can also be used to introduce a larger lesson practicing this set of words. ESL students will be on their way to fluency and native speakers will increase their vocabularies.

Study Sheet
Crossword
Crossword Key
Alphabetical Order
Alphabetical Order Key
Matching
Matching Key
Spelling Challenge
Spelling Challenge Key
Lined
Lined Key
Missing Letters
Missing Letters Key
Word Jumbles
Word Jumbles Key
Word Links
Word Links Key
Word Shapes
Word Shapes Key
Commonly Confused Words Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


Transportation

Learning a mountain of new vocabulary often overwhelms students. It can also be a struggle for teachers to find new ways to introduce and practice vocabulary. This set of ten worksheets makes vocabulary practice a lot easier for both teachers and students. Teachers benefit because the words are all centered on one common theme – transportation. Teaching one lexical set at a time and practicing it helps students remember more.

Worksheets play an important role in consolidating what was taught in the classroom. You can teach transportation vocabulary with pictures and role play, and then drill the meanings with a variety of exercises. Practicing the same vocabulary in different exercises exposes the students to different ways of looking at the same word. This exposure helps them remember the words and incorporate them into their growing vocabulary.

Study Sheet
Crossword
Crossword Key
Alphabetical Order
Alphabetical Order Key
Matching
Matching Key
Spelling Challenge
Spelling Challenge Key
Alphabet Soup
Alphabet Soup Key
Word Search
Word Search Key
Word Jumbles
Word Jumbles Key
Word Links
Word Links Key
Word Shapes
Word Shapes Key
Transportation Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


By the Sea

The “By the Sea” theme fits with the content of many course books. The association with holidays, animals and recreation makes it an engaging topic for many students without being specifically oriented to a particular age group. This theme would fit into lessons based around holidays, travel, recreation, geography, animals, especially marine animals, sports and possibly food

You may need to introduce some of the words, such as “sedimentation”, to the class before proceeding with an activity. This is especially true if students are lower intermediate students or younger children. In general, the sheets are best used after studying the vocabulary.

Be ready to answer questions and provide clues if necessary to help groups with each activity. The pictures on each sheet provide additional clues, and you can augment them with your own pictures of beach activities, boats, fish and anything else related to the sea.

Crossword
Crossword Key
Decoding
Decoding Key
Magic Square
Magic Square Key
Matching
Matching Key
Multiple Choice
Multiple Choice Key
Secret Trails
Secret Trails Key
Spiral
Spiral Key
Word Jumbles
Word Jumbles Key
Word Links
Word Links Key
Word Shapes
Word Shapes Key
By the Sea Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


Getting Around

The "Getting Around" worksheets are based on transport; a theme that ESL learners should know well. Course books, and even phrasebooks, introduce transport vocabulary early on because it is essential for navigating in a foreign country. These sheets build on basic vocabulary introducing more unusual, although not obscure words. Students are likely to already know a few of the words here, but intermediate levels will need explanations of most and advanced levels may need reminding of a few.

A couple of these words – the short form of petroleum, petrol, and caravan – have different meanings in British English. This is mentioned in the clues and provides an opportunity to discuss some of the differences between the various standard forms of English. Students should be aware that there are differences; there will almost certainly be regional differences within their own languages, and with many languages, such as Spanish, there are significant grammatical and vocabulary differences between countries. The concept won’t be new, but the details of how it works in English might be. Advanced levels in particular would benefit from covering this in class.

Two of the worksheets – Wordsearch and Word Links – have the word bank on a completely separate page because it is not necessary for the activity, no matter what the level. You can give groups the separate sheet to allow them to check their own answers after the activity.

Crossword
Crossword Key
Missing Letters
Missing Letters Key
Magic Square
Magic Square Key
Matching
Matching Key
Multiple Choice
Multiple Choice Key
Secret Trails
Secret Trails Key
Wordsearch
Wordsearch Key
Word Jumbles
Word Jumbles Key
Word Links
Word Links Key
Word Shapes
Word Shapes Key
Getting Around Word List Download the zipped word list file, unzip it, and place it in your word lists folder: My Documents\Schoolhouse Technologies\Word Lists. It will then appear in your collection of word lists in Vocabulary Worksheet Factory.


Miscellaneous Activities
Letter Patterns Students complete the letter patterns, e.g. BCEFH_ Worksheet
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Sentence Activities
Missing Words Students fill in the missing word(s) in sentences from a word list. Worksheet
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Scrambled Sentences Students reconstruct sentences from scrambled sentences. Worksheet
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Text Activities
Cloze Generate cloze exercises from any block of text. Hide every 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th word. Add a word bank for extra assistance if desired. Worksheet
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Cryptogram Entire blocks of text are encrypted and a decoder provided. The decoder can be made as easy or as difficult as desired. Worksheet
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Punctuation Create an exercise in punctuation where students must supply the missing punctuation in a block of text. Select which punctuation to remove from the text. Worksheet
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Word List Activities
Alphabet Soup Students must supply missing letters and then find words hidden in groups of letters. Worksheet
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Alphabetical Order Construct an alphabetical order worksheet in which students must sort a word list into alphabetical order. Select between descending or ascending order. Worksheet
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Crossword Create challenging crossword puzzles with across and down clues from any word list. Add hints and word bank as additional solution aids. Worksheet
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Decoding Create decoding worksheets that require students to use a decoder to decode the encrypted words. Select from four decoder formats: numerical, alphabetical, letter before, and letter after. Worksheet
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Framework Similar to the Crossword activity, students complete the maze by filling in the framework with words based on number of letters and intersections. Worksheet
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Hidden Letters Similar to the Missing Letters activity except that multiple variations of each word are given with a different missing letter in each variation. Great for beginning readers. Worksheet
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Lined A worksheet layout that allows for the development of customized activities. Places each word on a separate line that can be used for any number of additional exercises. Worksheet
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Magic Square Combine math and vocabulary practice with this activity in which students match words with clues to complete a magic square. Self-correcting in that the magic square columns, rows, and diagonals, will add to the same number with the correct solution. Worksheet
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Matching Construct a matching worksheet in which students must match words from the word list to clues or definitions. Worksheet
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Missing Letters Produce worksheet activities that require students to fill in the missing letters in words. Choose between a random number of missing letters, a set number of missing letters, missing consonants, or missing vowels. Worksheet
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Multiple Choice A multiple choice activity where the correct word must be selected from a set of four to match the given clue. Worksheet
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Spiral Similar to the Crossword activity, students complete a spiral maze with words derived from clues. Worksheet
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Word Jumbles Generate a word jumbles worksheet in which the letters of each word are scrambled. Choose from randomly scrambled, split words, and backwards. Worksheet
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Word Links Create a word links worksheet where the beginning of each word must be linked up to the end of each word. Worksheet
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Word Search Generate fun word search activities. Select the directional layout of the words, whether to use just a word bank or add clues, and provide coordinates for easy marking. Worksheet
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Word Shapes Provide practice in identifying the letters shapes in words. Worksheet
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