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Using Quizlet in the Classroom

Let’s face it: kids just don’t really know how to study. I teach my fifth graders different strategies, I give them all the notes that they could possibly need, and many of them still just don’t put the effort in (especially if they are not pushed to do so at home). 

That all really changed this past year when a colleague introduced me to Quizlet – a website that you can use to create vocabulary study sets for kids. I was finally able to give my students a study tool that they were interested AND engaged in. I saw their social studies, spelling, and science tests scores improve dramatically! 

I am in no way affiliated with this site, but I found it so useful in my classroom that I wanted to share some of its features. I currently use the free version of the website. 

Quizlet Tips and Features:

Once your account is created, you can either search a quizlet that has already been created, or you can create your own.

1. Enter the title of your study set. 
2. Enter a vocabulary term and its definition. It’s so easy! 

If you click on the picture icon to the right of the definition, you can also choose from several images that correlate with your definition. 

Once my study set is complete, I share the link with my students. You can either post it on your classroom or school website, email it to parents, text it to parents, etc. 

Students can access the link on a computer OR they can download the quizlet app to use on a phone or device. Woohoo! 

The first time I introduced students to this resource, we went to the computer lab and everyone tried it at the same time. Students can choose different ways to study the vocabulary set: 

Students can choose from: Flashcards, Learn, Speller, Test, Scatter, or Gravity.
Students can practice the vocabulary words and definitions. I really noticed students using this feature after they tried to take the test on Quizlet and quickly realized that they needed more review! 
When students use the “Learn” feature, they can type in the answer to the definition. The only downfall to this feature is the fact that some students cannot spell the vocabulary word correctly and it counts it as wrong. They find their way around it, though! 
The “Speller” feature helps students practice spelling the vocabulary words. I found this feature EXTREMELY useful when I started creating Quizlets for our weekly spelling lists. 
The “test” link is a great way for students to take a practice test. They loved this feature and I even used these as a quiz grade when we were in the computer lab. I walked around and recorded student scores. I did; however, write the vocabulary words on the board so that students could see the correct spelling. 
This activity was our FAVORITE feature! Using this game, students drag the vocabulary word on top of the definition to make it disappear. Their time is recorded and students quickly turned these games into a class competition. I joined in on the fun and completed the scatter game myself to earn the high score. I rewarded the student that could beat my score. Needless to say, someone in the class ALWAYS beat me! : )

When I told my students to study for their test using Quizlet, many would walk into my classroom excited to tell me their Scatter score the next morning. THAT is the reason I love this website so much…my students are excited about studying!

I also used this feature as a science center in my classroom. Students in the group took turns playing the scatter game and recorded the highest score.

Gravity is probably the least used feature in my classroom because again, students have to spell the vocabulary words correctly which is sometimes hard for them to do. It is another great feature to use if you are creating spelling study sets. 

Quizlet also added a new feature called “Quizlet Live.” My students go absolutely CRAZY when we play Quizlet Live! All you have to do is take one of your study sets and click on “Play Quizlet Live.” You need students to be on six different devices or laptops to play. We have played in groups or in the computer lab and each student was on their own computer. 

The great part about “Quizlet Live” is the fact that it forces students to work together in order to answer the questions.  

If you purchased any of the following units from my TeachersPayTeachers store, feel free to use the Quizlet Sets that I have already created: 

Happy Teaching! 
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