FINAL: Word of the Day

I want to share with you a first draft of a ‘word of the day’-type activity to support vocabulary learning and using the Word Gang to support a love for vocabulary. Below, you will find the draft, but first, allow me to explain the rationale behind it.

Target word: The target word is presented in the middle of the page along its word class e.g. noun, verb, adjective etc.

Phonology: This section breaks the target word up into syllables and, with the help of Emmett, offers a range of ways that the children can use their voices to say the word. Where possible, the ways suggested will link with the target word. For example, for ‘exasperated’, Emmett might suggest saying the word in an irritated voice.

Definition: The definition offered is taken from Collins COBUILD, which aims to put definitions into child-friendly language to allow all leaners to access the meaning of the word quickly.

Synonyms / antonyms: These are included to allow children to build a strong picture of what the target word means and hopefully to link it with words they may already know. What we’re trying to do here is get the target word to ‘hook on’ to children’s pre-existing word knowledge. There will always be a synonym coloured green; this is the most recognisable synonym available. The antonyms are helpful as they show children what the target word does not mean.

Morphology: This is a crucial section for me and one that I want to get right. It aims to show children two important things: that knowing this word paves the way to understanding a host of others (its ‘family’) and to expose them to the full range of affixes and how they modify meaning. My questions relate to whether the use of bold letters/colouring/underline would be of use here.

Sentences/context: This section is important as it allows the children to see the target word in a written context. The sentences are carefully designed to reinforce meaning and not misdirect children to potential incorrect meanings.

Children’s response: The activity finishes with a chance for the children to respond via drawing, writing, or showing (maybe through drama) how they now know what the target word means.

General idea: This activity could be used in many ways, but it is really up to you as to how and when you use it. For me, these are the absolute basics that you should be doing when learning a new word.

Here is the draft. I’m very approachable and responsive to feedback, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have anything – positive or negative – to say. Thank you.

First draft:


Second draft:


Final draft:

Copy of OPPOSE WOTD (1)

Thank you all for your feedback. There are some ideas I’m still mulling over in terms of offering a supporting sheet with a couple of simple activities on it to check understanding.

Search by word

Below is a list in alphabetical order showing all the words that Verbivore already has – or is in the process of creating – plans for. If you press CTRL + F, you’ll be able to search for a word directly. Just click on the word to be taken to the relevant page!

If you’d prefer to search by category, please go straight to the Vocab Vault!

affluent disheartened irritated shimmering
alarmed distressed laborious shrewd
ambitious diverse lavish shrivelled
ambush douse light-hearted silvery
anxious drab livid skulk
apprehensive dreary lush sleepless
assertive drowsy meagre sluggish
astonishing ecstatic meandering snubbed
astute eerie melancholy soothing
audacious electrifying mesmerising sparse
auspicious emaciated mouthwatering speechless
balmy encouraging musty spiteful
barren envious nauseating splattered
billowing erupted nocturnal squat
biting exasperated numbing squint
bland excruciating odour squirt
bleak exhausted ominous stagger
blistering exhilarating oppressive stagnant
bloodshot faint optimistic startled
blundering famished overwhelming steely
blustery feud palatial steep
bombard fiery pampered stench
brazen flabbergasted parched stifling
brisk flabby peer submerged
bulging flawless penetrating succulent
bulky flurry persevere suffocating
bumbling flustered perspire sugary
bustling fragrance picturesque sumptuous
butterfingered frothy plunge swagger
chiselled furious polluted sweltering
choppy gargantuan precipitous swirling
citrusy gawk presumptuous tangled
clammy gleeful pungent tangy
cluttered glimpse putrid tantalising
coastal glum quaint tedious
colossal gruelling raging teeming
commotion gust rancid tempestuous
conquer guzzle rebellious tenacious
contented havoc reeked tongue-tied
crave hazy relentless torrential
crevasse heartbroken remote towering
crude hectic repulsive toxic
cunning howl robust tranquil
dart humble rolling traverse
dash humiliated rugged treacherous
dazzling hurtled rustling turbulent
dedicated idealistic sanguine twilight
deflated idyllic savour unflappable
deluge immaculate savoury unpalatable
demolish immerse scamper unruly
dense impeccable scent unwind
deprived impenetrable scorching vacant
desolate incessant scrawny verdant
determined inconsolable scrumptious voracious
devious inedible scrutinise wary
devour inhale scurry wholesome
dewy insatiable searing willowy
diffident insecure secluded windswept
dilapidated introverted serene wispy
discerning irresistible sheepish withered


Let’s just get them learning words.

Yes, it’s 00:09 at the time of writing this post. I’m sitting downstairs; shivering in my ‘pyjamas’ – which isn’t much, let me tell you.

Let’s just get them learning words.

All my resources will now be free for the foreseeable future. I just want kids learning words.

Teachers assemble.

Let’s. Teach. Words.

Follow this: @VerbivoreTeach

Spread it. Spread it far and wide.

We’re on a mission, folks.

Words are the key to everything.

Let’s go.


I’ve had a lot of fun doing Verbivore. Don’t worry, this isn’t a blog detailing how I’m leaving it all behind. I’ll give you a moment to mop your suddenly sweaty brow …

Last week, I attended the Induction Day for my NPQSL. It was a deeply challenging, but fantastic day; a day that has left me nervously excited for the twelve months ahead of me.

My resources in the name of Verbivore take a long, long time to do. I do not give less than 100% effort and commitment to anything I release. Therefore, I’m going to find it – I already am – very difficult to keep up with things.

I’ve had lots of emails and messages about the planning/PowerPoints and about the Y3/4 Word 101 document. These things will remain on my radar, but I have reached a point where my own school and my own opportunities take ultimate precedence.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Verbivore! I will be back.

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell

Book link:

Flight & The Green Dark – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

The Den  – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Food (Almost) & Fire – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

The Raft – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Maiden Voyage – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Sardines – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Abacaxi – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

The Monkey and The Bees – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Con – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Smoke – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

Chapter 14 and 15 – Thank you, Sophia Stones.

The Ruined City – Thank you, Sophia Stones.