Specific Vocabulary (home learning)

Specific Vocabulary (home learning)

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • English
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • The Arts
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Great writers have a large vocabulary and know exactly the right word to choose to describe something very specifically. Practise word choice to take your writing from good to superb, exquisite and exemplary.

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Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Curriculum codes:

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10-12


  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Visual Arts, LiteracyCritical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Young kids often do not develop a highly specific vocabulary for expressing their emotions and describing how they are feeling. However, this is an important aspect of growing into a healthy teenager and adult, and something that is growing in focus in kids’ education.

Always encourage your kid/s to be open and honest with their emotions and state of mind. Try not to make judgements or downplay the feeling when your kid/s feels brave enough to express it to you.

Encourage kids to use ‘me’ and ‘I’ statements, focusing on themselves rather than others. For example, “She hates me” is more useful as “I feel like she is always mean to me because of…”, because it helps create a pathway to address the root cause of the problem and feeling. 

If kids are struggling to use their words, ask them to assess their bodily sensations. Is their chest heavy? Do they feel hot? Are they shaking?
Always ask “What can I do to help?” or “What do you need from me?” rather than offering your own thoughts straight away. Sometimes they will know the answer but are feeling overwhelmed, or they are just seeking your support and reassurance. Sometimes kids just need to vent.

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Additional info

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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