Use an index card when introducing vocabulary words. Include a definition, explanation, visual, and personal connection to help students retain the meaning of a vocabulary word. Great strategy for ELLs!
Vocabulary on the move. Each student has a word around their head or maybe a sticky note on their back. They have to go around the room and ask others for clues as to what their word is (synonym, antonym, example, definition, etc. ) they then use their clues to figure out their word.