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My oldest child is a boy who has never liked the physical act of writing. Even now that his handwriting has turned around (thanks to Handwriting Without Tears!), he still doesn’t like to write.
Since we homeschool, I can tweak his schooling so there aren’t tons of assignments that require lots of writing. We read a gob of books and do hands-on activities, however there are times that he needs to write.
Despite his disdain for writing, he is a very creative boy and loves to make up stories with accompanying illustrations. He has notebooks full of stories that he’s written.
When I had my planning time for this school year, I brainstormed ways that he could learn the definitions for his history vocabulary words. Yes, he reads those words in context in the story, but I also wanted him to have an activity with those words.
After a few rough drafts, I came up with this fun way for him to “write definitions” without it being boring busywork. I know that when he can write a vocabulary word in a sentence and then illustrate it, he truly understands the meaning of the word.
And he’ll remember it. 😉
How to Use This Definition Printable Worksheet
My son considers this definition worksheet to be fun (and not school work – yay for mom!). Since he already loves to write stories and illustrate them, this worksheet is the perfect way for his creative brain to truly learn what a word means in context.
My son has a list of vocabulary words for a given subject (Chemistry, history, or the resource packet we’re working through). He then has a certain number of definitions he’s required to complete each week.
At the top of the paper, he lists the word and the part of speech.
Then, he writes what the word means.
Next, he has to use the word in a sentence.
Lastly, he has to draw a picture using the word. His pictures absolutely crack me up.
If you have a child who struggles with large amounts of writing or if you’re looking for a way to make learning definitions more fun, these definition worksheets might be the perfect fit!
Download yours below.
UPDATE: If you’d like a few creative ideas on how you can use this definition worksheet in your own homeschool, you can watch the short video I made. Download the worksheet below and then hop over and watch the video!
I LOVE this idea. My daughter is going to squeal when she sees this as we just started with definitions. She loves to draw and what a great way to remember the definition. I have really enjoyed all your emails. You are gift to our homeschool curriculum:)
I’m so glad you can use it, Kerry! Yes, my 8yo boy absolutely loves this method. He totally sees it as fun. 🙂
Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by today.
Ohh thank you so much for this! I have an 8yr old boy who hates to write, but I think he will like using these.
Thank you, Lauren.
Wow! Thanks a ton! This is great stuff!
Glad you can use it, Carol! Thanks for stopping by!
Your site is awesome Lauren!!!! Thank you for all the worksheets.
You’re so welcome, Kim! I’m thrilled you can use them for your own kiddos!!
Merry Christmas! 🙂