A word web is similar to a concept map. Students generate and
map ideas based on topic-related vocabulary words.
Choose a topic-related vocabulary word for the center of the
page. Web ideas in offshoot sections from the selected word. Categories
for offshoot ideas include: definitions, synonyms (related words), antonyms
(words with opposite meanings), usage or parts of speech, context sentences,
pronunciations, and related topics or themes.
Habitat: “There’s No Place
1. Definition: the place where an animal lives
2. Usage: noun
3. Related Words: home, environment, ecosystem, biome, refuge, sanctuary,
wetland, coastal plain, river
4. Context Sentences: Preventing habitat loss helps protect wildlife.
Caribou live on the tundra. This polar place is its natural habitat.
5. Related Topics: Conservation, Adaptations, Landscapes, Migratory Routes.
1. Divide the class into small groups. Each group is assigned one or more
categories (definitions, synonyms, antonyms, usage, context sentences,
etc). During a given period of time, the group uses reference materials
to collect information specific to their category. Create a Word Wall
Web using each group’s information.
2. Create Word Riddles using the information students collect on the webs.
Use the category ideas as clues. Reveal general clues to more specific
clues until students guess the word.
Strategies: Activate Prior Knowledge, Summarize Information,
Draw Conclusions, Make Generalizations, Generate Questions, Identify Main
Ideas and Details, Classify Information, Build Vocabulary, Make Connections,
Identify and Explore Themes, Utilize Resources for Research Purposes