Upper Elementary ESL Vocabulary

Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

If you are teaching upper elementary ESL students, this lesson will come in very handy. We will go over important vocabulary all students should be learning, as well as great ways to go about teaching it. Read on, to learn more!

Vocabulary Learning

No matter the age or learning level, when it comes to learning English as a Second Language (ESL), students can be easily overwhelmed when new vocabulary is introduced. Once your students enter the upper elementary grades, they will begin learning more complex vocabulary terms and grammatical structures.

Note that while younger elementary students often learn vocabulary words organized by theme or category, upper elementary students usually do not, so it's important for you to engage your students with a variety of hands-on learning activities. Additionally, make sure your students approach the new vocabulary through various literacy strategies, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, to ensure that complete comprehension and acquisition take place.

Vocabulary Breakdown

For ease of presentation, the upper elementary vocabulary list in this lesson are broken down alphabetically. Ensure that each word is clearly taught along with its definition to ensure full student comprehension.

A

  • Absurd
  • Abuse
  • Access
  • Accomplish
  • Achievement
  • Aggressive
  • Alternate
  • Altitude
  • Antonym
  • Anxious
  • Apparent
  • Approximate
  • Assume
  • Astound
  • Available
  • Avalanche

B-C

  • Beverage
  • Bland
  • Blizzard
  • Budge
  • Cautiously
  • Challenge
  • Character
  • Combine
  • Companion
  • Crave
  • Compassion
  • Compose
  • Concept
  • Confident
  • Course
  • Courteous

D-F

  • Debate
  • Decline
  • Dedicate
  • Deprive
  • Detect
  • Document
  • Duplicate
  • Edible
  • Endanger
  • Exasperate
  • Exert
  • Exhibit
  • Feeble
  • Frigid

G-L

  • Gigantic
  • Guardian
  • Hazy
  • Hearty
  • Homonym
  • Identical
  • Immense
  • Impressive
  • Independent
  • Intense
  • Intercept
  • Jubilation
  • Kin
  • Luxurious

M-O

  • Major
  • Miniature
  • Minor
  • Mischief
  • Monarch
  • Moral
  • Myth
  • Narrator
  • Navigate
  • Negative
  • Nonchalant
  • Numerous
  • Oasis
  • Occasion
  • Overthrow

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