Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds

I am a teacher & designer. Connecting with students & seeing them enjoy learning is my favorite feeling on earth! I hope you enjoy this article!

3rd Grade Vocabulary Choice Board Tutorial for Teachers

Build your own Vocabulary Choice Board for 3rd Grade in minutes! Keep kids engaged & learning using these tactics & templates
To use a choice board in your 3rd Grade Classroom during Vocabulary you will need to create the Vocabularychoices (there are lots of examples), organize the classroom, and have a goal;

Time-saving, differentiation, and dynamic classroom management are my favorite reasons to use a choice board!

Integrating choices every day you will need to hone in on the best way to apply 3rd Grade Vocabulary choice boards to your classroom style!

Here are a few ideas and instructions on choices, classroom management and getting buy-in from your3rd Graders

Ideas & Examples of Great 3rd Grade Vocabulary Choices

Word Detective Challenge
Word Detective Challenge: Find mystery words in books or around you. Write them down, guess their meanings, and then look them up to see if you’re right!
Synonym Treasure Hunt
Find words that mean the same as the clues! Like ‘happy’ is a synonym for ‘glad.’ Write your matches. Happy hunting for matching words!
Antonym Adventure Quest
Antonym Adventure Quest: Find words that mean the OPPOSITE of a given word. Like ‘hot’ and ‘cold’. Write down pairs and draw fun pictures of each!
Prefix Explorer Expedition
Prefix Explorer is a fun treasure hunt! Find words, add prefixes like ‘un-‘ or ‘re-‘ to change their meaning, and make a list. It’s like word magic!
Homophone Hide & Seek
Homophone Hide & Seek: Find pairs of words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings, like “pair” and “pear.” Write them down and draw pictures!
Suffix Safari Search
Go on a word hunt in books or around the room to find endings like “ful”, “less”, or “ly”. Write them down and draw a picture of what they mean!
Compound Word Construction Zone
Make new words by joining two we know, like ‘sun’ + ‘flower’ = ‘sunflower’. It’s like building blocks for words!
Root Word Jungle Journey
Root Word Jungle Journey: A fun game where you find and collect root words to build new words, like ‘write’ and ‘writer’! It’s like a word treasure hunt!
Adjective Amusement Park
Adjective Amusement Park is a fun place where words that describe things, like ‘big’ or ‘colorful,’ come to play. Imagine a park where every ride shows a different describing word!

Using a Choice Board to Differentiate Vocabulary in a 3rd Grade Classroom

Keep It Simple

Everyone “teacher & student” should know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t make it even easier! 

Differential Instruction vs Saving time?

There is nothing more irritating than “Saving Time” with a Choice Board & ending up with “More work!”.  Are you using this to hit standards or save time or both? 

"Self Guided" or "instruction-based"?

If you giving out work, should they do it on their own or are these more instructions for each choice?

General rule, if the grade is > 3 there is more work per choice.

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All ages, all grades where you need 9 grid choice board. Start loving learning again! 

How To Manage Your 3rd Grade Classroom During Vocabulary (With a Choice Board)

I find its easiest to use a big board at the front of the classroom where all students can see the choices  then decide what they want to do

This often will be coming in from a break or transition between subjects. 

If you can get all students to know whats expected during a choice activity it becomes one-hundred times easier to manage the class & have everyone know what choices they have!  

There are three core steps you have to hit when using a Choice Board; 

1) The Set Up
The Instruction 
3) The Q+A 

1) The Set Up

Select your choices, decide on how you are going to use this time in your classroom. Build the choice board

1) The Instruction

Tell the students what they are going to be doing (this becomes easier over time) Simply start with 3 options & move from there. 

1) The Q & A

Does anyone have questions? This will help you or the next time. Remember the goal is to make this easier each time! 

Why Use A Choice Board?

So, let’s chat about choiceboards and why they’re like the coolest thing ever in your classroom. 

Picture this: kiddos bouncing into the room, eyes lighting up because they get to pick their own adventure in learning new words.

 It’s like a mini vocab party, and everyone’s invited!

We all have our own jam, right? Some of us are little artists, others are born performers, and some love to get lost in stories. Choice boards are like a buffet of fun learning snacks, so every munchkin finds something tasty that helps the vocab stick!

And here’s the kicker – when the little ones get to steer the ship, they turn into these mini captains of learning. They’re making the calls, and with every choice, they puff up a bit more with confidence. It’s a win-win – they’re learning and feeling like the boss at the same time.

Plus, for us teachers, it’s like having a secret helper in the room. We get to sprinkle in all sorts of activities that match our students’ levels and what makes their hearts tick. It’s like custom-making a learning playlist that gets every kid grooving to the vocab beat. How cool is that?