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Who says vocabulary instruction needs to be tedious? Words should be seen as flexible tools to be played with, not static relics to be memorized. As engagement increases and positive emotions are generated, the level of recall and familiarity with new words will also begin to rise.

Should students say they learned a word if they can’t remember how to use it a month later? Playing with words is an essential component of any vocabulary program. It helps keep known terms fresh and serves as a review platform that keeps all students’ hard work from going to waste.

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