Vocabulary Mapping



Vocabulary Mapping helps to expand studentís vocabulary by creating a deeper level of understanding of a word. It is a visual tool that connects the new word to other ideas in efforts to make the word more meaningful to the student. Vocabulary Mapping helps to elaborate a definition and offers a way for students to easily learn vocabulary words.

When to use

this strategy:

When the definition of a word has little meaning, or needs a greater depth of understanding

To helps students retain the definition in long term memory

To helps students connect the word to other areas of learning



Use Vocabulary Mapping to define unfamiliar words in a reading selection.

Use Vocabulary Mapping to distinguish between various geometric shapes.

Use Vocabulary Mapping to understand the terms consumer and producer.


What does

it look like?

Click here to see a template for a Vocabulary Map.

How to use

this strategy:

Students will use personal background knowledge, reading material, and or a dictionary to complete a vocabulary map. Students write the word in the center of the map. Next, students search through reading material to complete the components of the map. Students should have the map and words prior to the learning activity so that they have a purpose for reading and are actively engaged in the lesson.