Learning the meanings of new vocabulary words often stress kids out! Make it easy on them. Try making an association or rhyme and drawing a little picture to illustrate the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary words. Kinesthetic learners need to act out the words in order to remember. Not sure which learning style they are? Take a look here.
Vocabulary word: elegant
There once was an elephant named Ms. Gant
Who liked to wear elegant pants
She was graceful and refined
Looking glamorous when she dined
And everyone knew her as Ele Gant.
Visual learners need to draw a picture of an elegant elephant. Audio learners will want to repeat the rhyme over and over. Kinesthetic learners act out the word in their most elegant manner. I guarantee, students will never forget the meaning of this word.