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How the Internet Can Help Kids Build Their Vocabulary

| Jim Moulton

Editor's Note: Updated May 26, 2011

I like words. I do a lot of writing and public speaking, so this makes sense. Do you like words? Do you wish your students liked words more? I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorite word-centric, Web-based resources, and see what other folks can share back. All of these sites help increase one's control over words, and hey, words are power, right?

Now if this was October, we could be celebrating Noah Webster's birthday, but let's just have some fun with words just because. Take a look at these, and be sure to share your favorites with all of us:

  • is a free online graphical dictionary that can help kids see the complexity of language.
  • offers a simple and free tool for helping elementary kids practice and self-test themselves on spelling words.
  • specializes in games around words and idioms.
  • rolls philanthropy and SAT preparation into one!
  • includes pronunciation and a thesaurus too.
  • is primarily a mathematics quiz site, but also features vocabulary-building quizzes, with some SAT preparation.
  • offers free word puzzles and activities.

So, there are some places to begin, but this is not the final word by a long shot. What are your favorites?

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Irene Betancourt (not verified)


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Thank you for the excellent websites. I especially liked:;; These sites provided much information for vocabulary enhancing experiences for young learners.

WeboWord (not verified)

WeboWord - Vocabulary Visually

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Hi Jim

We are ecstatic that you noticed us and found us worth mentioning in your blog. Apart from presenting our own stick-figure based illustrations for words, we encourage our readers to create their own and share it with the world through us.
We @ WeboWord strongly believe that once a visual association is built with a word, it is a property - forever. With this in mind, we have set out to simplify the process of building vocabulary while encouraging teachers, students and parents to get actively involved in building vocab through the fun of sketching! :)

We are glad to find support in you and look forward to some valuable suggestions from you too.

Thanks and warm regards,

Kathy Jarrell (not verified)


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Thanks so much for the ideas, I have been searching for specfic strategies that I can teach our students to learn to help themselves to become better equipped in reading by developing a strong vocabulary.

Dana Hall (not verified)


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I appreciate the information you have posted! It will come in handy with our children. Thank you!

Tony (not verified)

To the above list, I would

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To the above list, I would like to add the website for having some real fun while learning words.Building vocabularyhad never been so easy.


Amy Pietrowski (not verified)

I like for

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I like for adopting random words and getting kids interested in new words.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute!! I've been using it for several years now, and it is a fantastic podcast for learning latin/greek roots and synonyms.

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