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If you're assigning a vocabulary worksheet template to your students, copy the worksheet to your account and save. When creating an assignment, just select it as a template!

Printable Vocabulary Worksheet Templates!

Make vocabulary building activities fun! Oftentimes, explicit instruction of vocabulary can be dry and boring for students. However, Storyboard That's digital and printable worksheets can spice up any vocabulary lesson!

Vocabulary templates and graphic organizers are used to help students visually organize and keep track of new vocabulary words and their definitions. These templates for vocabulary above are designed to be used digitally or offline. Teachers may customize our free printable blank vocabulary worksheets for their students to enhance their learning on any subject!

Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. Vocabulary is the foundation of language. Becoming acquainted with new terms and concepts is crucial for students to have a thorough understanding of any unit. Storyboard That's vocab chart templates can help!

Why are Vocabulary Templates Important and How are They Best Used?

Academic achievement in any subject depends on a students' ability to grasp the concepts and apply them. Acquiring an extensive vocabulary is critical in achieving this goal. Educators know that expanding students' vocabulary is the key to expanding their reading comprehension in more advanced texts. However, improving students' vocabulary needs a multi-faceted approach. Most students are visual learners. When students define and illustrate each term using Storyboard That's graphic organizers, they will master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon. By illustrating and using new vocabulary words and their definitions students' will increase their understanding of any topic whether it is science, social studies, math or language arts.

Far better than simple vocabulary lists, vocab charts and graphic organizers often have places for students to draw a picture, write a sentence, and use context to help solidify the student’s understanding of the word and its meaning. There are many types of vocabulary templates that get students engaged with the words they are learning. Teachers can choose from different styles of worksheets above such as a vocabulary chart template where students can benefit from graphic organizers such as the Frayer Model which encourages them to not only know the definition of a new term or concept, but also its characteristics, examples and non-examples. Teachers could also use a vocabulary word template where students can focus on one word or concept at a time and demonstrate their understanding by writing the definition, synonyms, adding an illustration and using the word in a sentence. If there are many new and unfamiliar terms to focus on, teachers could provide students with a vocabulary list template that includes all of the terms. They could combine more than one in a sentence and create an illustration that demonstrates the meaning of multiple words. Teachers could also provide students with a more generic vocabulary sheet template that can provide students with more choice on how to demonstrate their understanding.

Other Vocabulary Resources

Storyboard that knows how important it is to integrate explicit instruction of vocabulary within any subject. Visual vocabulary storyboards are a part of many of our units and lesson plans in English language arts, science, social studies and even math! For example, most of our in depth novel study units include a lesson on vocabulary like this one from the popular novel, The Wild Robot.

When studying about new places, people and events in social studies, students are bound to come across new and unfamiliar words. That is why most of our social studies units include a vocabulary building activity like this one in our unit on the American Revolution.

Science teachers know that student success depends on their ability to integrate brand new words and concepts into creating hypotheses and conducting experiments in class. All of our science lesson plans were created by veteran science educators with this in mind which is why most include visual vocabulary boards like this one for States of Matter.

Many language learning programs are focused on the immersion method which is widely considered to be the most effective way to learn a foreign language. However, within this method is a need to explicitly teach new vocabulary for future application. Storyboard That has many lessons and applications for teaching vocabulary for English language learners as well as French and Spanish such as this lesson on Food and Restaurant Vocabulary.

For even more ideas, check out this article on vocabulary, this article on vocabulary boards, and our social studies vocabulary worksheets, and even math vocabulary worksheets.

How to Make a Vocabulary Worksheet


Choose One of the Premade Vocabulary Templates

We have color, black and white, portrait, or landscape templates. Take a look at our vocabulary example for inspiration!


Click on "Copy Template"

Once you do this, you will be directed to the storyboard creator.


Give Your Worksheet a Name!

Be sure to call it something related to the topic so that you can easily find it in the future.


Edit Your Worksheet

This is where you will include directions, specific questions and images, and make any aesthetic changes that you would like. The options are endless!


Click "Save and Exit"

When you are finished with your vocabulary worksheet, click this button in the lower right hand corner to exit your storyboard.


Next Steps

From here you can print, download as a PDF, attach it to an assignment and use it digitally, and more!

Happy Creating!

Frequently Asked Questions about Vocabulary Worksheet Templates

Can I Use Vocabulary Templates For Any Subject?

You sure can! Our vocabulary templates can be used for subjects such as social studies, science, reading, writing, math, and world languages! Additionally, because our templates are completely customizable, teachers can make them age appropriate with just a few clicks.

How to Make a Vocabulary Worksheet from Scratch?

Are you interested in making your own vocabulary worksheet from scratch? Great! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “create a storyboard” button. This will bring you to the storyboard creator.

  2. Give your vocabulary worksheet a name. We suggest giving it a detailed name so that you know how to find it in the future. Click continue.

  3. Now that you are in the storyboard creator, click on the “layout” button in the right hand menu. You can choose either the worksheet (8.5x11) layout for easy printing.

  4. Choose whether you want your worksheet to be horizontal or vertical and click “okay”.

  5. To find Storyboard That’s worksheet assets, click on the “worksheets” button in the top row. If you are on a small screen such as a chromebook, you may have to press the “more” button to find this option.

  6. Once you are in this category, you will find all kinds of assets such as colorful borders, graphic organizers, and much more. Simply drag and drop where you want the assets to go.

  7. Check out the 'Scenes' category for other beautiful backgrounds, including patterns. Look under 'Speech Bubbles' to see the myriad of ways to add text including Free Form Text. You can find characters that look like teachers or students and adorable animals under the 'Characters' category. There are even whimsical icons and banners under 'Infographics' and emojis under 'Web and Wireframes'!

  8. Once you have made your vocabulary worksheet, click save and exit.

  9. Print or add to an assignment for your students to complete digitally!

How Does Vocabulary Affect Comprehension?

When reading higher level texts in language arts and learning about new concepts in social studies, science and math, students are bound to encounter many new and unfamiliar words. Learning new vocabulary is key to increasing reading comprehension. Students cannot understand what they are reading or learning about if they do not know what most of the words mean. Explicit instruction surrounding vocabulary is essential for developing a thorough understanding of new social studies concepts.

How can Teachers Help Students with Vocabulary Acquisition?

Vocabulary development is a foundation for all subjects as all teachers know. There are many ways for students to increase their lexicon. Students acquire new vocabulary through exposure to the language from a range of reading materials, discussions and presentations. It is also beneficial to preview new terms and concepts that students will encounter and explicitly teach their definitions. Most students are visual learners and using visual vocabulary storyboards will help them retain the information for future applications.

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