Sugar Aunts: How to Teach Vocabulary Words to a Hands-On Learner

How to Teach Vocabulary Words to a Hands-On Learner

Ugh. Vocab words.  They can give you the shivers. 

Do you remember reading over vocab lists, memorizing as much as you can the night before a test?

If you are a hands-on learner, you have a lot of trouble with memorizing lists.  
At best, you recall the words for the morning of the test.  But a week later?  A day later?  That afternoon?  It's all gone.  As soon as the teacher says, "Ok, turn in your test!", it all wooshes out of your head.

This Acorn Vocabulary Activity is perfect for hands-on learners that just don't do memorizing and lists.  And we're not talking about acorn terms, acorn parts, or acorn types.  This fun Fall activity is perfect for vocab fords of any kind!

Kids can practice and learn vocabulary words and definitions with a hands-on learning activity using acorns and a Fall theme tree. It's a fun way to learn vocab words without just memorizing a list! Perfect for second grade ELA!



This was a fun activity to make with my oldest daughter.  Second grader with a vocab list in her hands + pile of acorns in the backyard = fun, hands-on learning activity!

To practice vocab words, you'll need just a few materials:
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Acorns
Brown paper or recycled cereal box
Black marker
Pencil

To practice vocab words with acorns:
Draw a tree on a paper or cardboard.  Note: This is my tree. My very fingernail-finger-not-treelike-tree.  Not my 2nd grader's tree.  (She could draw a better looking, less fingernail-y tree.)  But no matter what your tree looks like, it is perfectly tree-ish and will be perfect!

Get the kids involved in drawing a tree.  You'll want the branches to be wide enough for writing (which is why we did the activity with my tree-like figure).  

Write vocabulary words on acorns, using a black marker.  Washable is great, then you can rinse the acorns and throw them back outside for the squirrels.

Kids can practice and learn vocabulary words and definitions with a hands-on learning activity using acorns and a Fall theme tree. It's a fun way to learn vocab words without just memorizing a list! Perfect for second grade ELA!


Have your kiddo write out the definitions to vocab words on the tree branches, on the ground of the picture, or anywhere they like.

If you would like a printable tree, I've got one here for you.  Simply print and write the definitions along the lines of the branches.


Kids can practice and learn vocabulary words and definitions with a hands-on learning activity using acorns and a Fall theme tree. It's a fun way to learn vocab words without just memorizing a list! Perfect for second grade ELA!

Match up the acorns to the definitions. You can tape the acorns on with a ring of tape on the back of the acorns or just place them on the branches to practice over and over again.

Have fun practicing vocabulary words, the hands-on way!

Kids can practice and learn vocabulary words and definitions with a hands-on learning activity using acorns and a Fall theme tree. It's a fun way to learn vocab words without just memorizing a list! Perfect for second grade ELA!




Stop by and see what the other bloggers in the 2nd grade team have created with acorns and squirrels:

Squirrels Copywork from Sallie Borrink Learning 
Acorn Gratitude Banner from Creative Family Fun

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