One way for students to improve their vocabulary studies is to use a vocabulary notebook. I’ve create a free template you can use to create an interactive notebook; to download it: Get the free template.
Incorporating a vocabulary notebook into a language classroom is a great way to encourage students to focus on learning words:
Here is a video showing how to set up and use the template:
This template works with a standard 70-page, college-ruled, spiral-bound notebook. It is designed to teach 100 words:
To set up the template, print page 1 on white paper.
Cut it out and tape it to the front of your notebook. Fill it out with your name, the date, you class information, etc. If you are keeping more than one notebook you can number them.
Next, print out page 2 on white paper. Trim it, and tape it to the inside cover. These are the instructions.
Print out page 3 on colored paper. Each rectangle is used to quiz a word. Cut out three sides, and fold the fourth.
Number the first 10 pages in your notebook. Be sure to use both sides of the paper! This will let you learn 100 words in the notebook. Don’t number the 11th page. Instead, tape the quiz page here. (You can number and add quiz sheets now to all the pages, or do it as you go along.)
Print out page 4 on white paper. Cut out one of the tab strips; If you are a teacher, I put multiple strips on each sheet to save paper.
Cut out each tab. Tape it to the notebook, starting with XYZ on the last sheet in the notebook, then UVW on the second-to-last sheet, and so forth.
Finally, print out page 5 on white paper.
Trim it and tape it to the back cover. These are some word puzzles for you to do.
You can either use the notebook to learn word lists that your teacher gives you, or add your own words as you find them in reading, talking to people, watching TV, etc.
The instructions on the inside cover provide a template for each page.
That’s it! If you find this notebook helpful, please share the link to this page on social media! If you have feedback, please contact me and let me know!