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Scissors, Glue, and Vocabulary, Too!
Ages: 4-9   Grades: PreK-4

Cut-and-paste activities are an engaging way to teach vocabulary to young learners.  Every completed activity is perfect for take-home practice!  


  • Expand vocabulary in the areas of associations, functions, categories, attributes, comparisons, synonyms, antonyms, exclusion, and riddles
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This Scissors, Glue activity book has 54 lessons, each with:

  • scripted student questions and directions to elicit target vocabulary words
  • a reproducible, full-page scene
  • reproducible pictures to cut out and paste onto the scene
  • enrichment activities

Students follow directions and answer questions using target vocabulary words while manipulating the pictures in a motivating art activity. At the completion of each lesson, the student has made a picture to take home for extra practice.  Family letters are provided.

The units and the lessons within them are arranged in a hierarchy of difficulty.  Each lesson targets four to twelve vocabulary words.  The units are organized by these skill areas:

  • Associations
  • Functions
  • Categories
  • Attributes
  • Comparisons
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Exclusion
  • Riddles

A theme index lets you find the lessons by topic and match your instruction to classroom activities.  Some of the themes and their lessons are:

  • Animals—land/water animals, bugs/how they move, wild animals, birds, and more
  • Food—food groups, comparing foods, and drinks
  • People—body parts, senses, emotions, construction workers, and more
  • Sounds—sound words and neighborhood sounds
  • Verbs—functions of toys, furniture, jobs, and communication; synonyms for action words
  • Work—jobs, tools, construction tools, and more
  • Miscellaneous—measurements, vehicles, universe/planets, and more

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  • Direct and indirect instruction of vocabulary words helps students boost reading comprehension and improve performance for semantic tasks (NRP, 2000).
  • In-depth knowledge of word meaning helps students comprehend what they read and helps them use words accurately in speaking and reading (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Effective vocabulary instruction strategies actively engage the student and require higher-level cognitive processing.  These strategies include: using new words in novel sentences based on connections to prior knowledge, identifying synonyms and antonyms, analyzing word features, and using visual aids (Kester-Phillips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
  • Vocabulary intervention should provide opportunities for the student to use target words in multiple contexts (Boone et al., 2007).
  • Students who struggle with vocabulary acquisition need more trials than typical language learners to maximize vocabulary growth (Montgomery, 2007).
  • Neuropsychological studies provide convincing evidence that semantic knowledge is organized categorically and functionally and these are important elements of semantic knowledge.  Semantic knowledge is thought to drive the processing of meaning in language (Rhodes & Donaldson, 2008).

Scissors, Glue, and Vocabulary, Too! incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Boone, K., Letsky, S., Wallach, S., Young, J., Gingrass, K., & Daly, C. (2007, November). Role of SLP: A method of inclusion. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from

Kester-Phillips, D.C., Foote, C.J., & Harper, L.J. (2008). Strategies for effective vocabulary instruction. Reading Improvement, 45(2), 62-68.

Montgomery, J. (2007, November). Vocabulary interventions for RTI: Tiers 1, 2, 3. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Boston: MA.

National Reading Panel (NRP). (2000). Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction-Reports of the subgroups. Retrieved June 25, 2009, from

Rhodes, S.M., & Donaldson, D.I. (2008). Association and not semantic relationships elicit the N400 effect: Electrophysiological evidence from an explicit language comprehension task. Psychophysiology, 45, 50-59.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech and language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Barb Truman, Patti Halfman, Lauri Whiskeyman


Barb Truman, M.A., CCC-SLP, Patti Halfman, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Lauri Whiskeyman, M.A., Ed.S, CCC-SLP, are speech-language pathologists who worked with children in preschool through high school before joining the staff at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems they edited and helped write many products, and answered countless phone calls from SLPs, educators, and parents.

Barb is currently enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, allowing her to spend precious time with her husband, adopted son, and other family members.  Patti currently spends her workday talking with LinguiSystems customers.  Lauri is currently a speech-language pathologist working with students in preschool through middle school. 


Scissors, Glue, and Vocabulary, Too! is for students ages 4–9 who need to improve their vocabulary.  The activities can be used with individual students, in small groups, or in a classroom setting.  The fun "cut-and-paste" activities in this book will give your students lots of practice with:

  • associations
  • functions
  • categories
  • attributes
  • comparisons
  • synonyms
  • antonyms
  • exclusion
  • riddles

The units are arranged in a hierarchy from easy to hard.  Each unit includes six vocabulary lessons that are also arranged in a hierarchy from easy to hard.  The lessons require minimal preparation time.  Each lesson consists of a page (or two) of directions and two reproducible activity sheets.  Each direction page has a list of key vocabulary, directions for the activity, and several enrichment activities.  The vocabulary is grouped so you can see at a glance what will be covered in the lesson.  The first group listed is always the key vocabulary.  Other vocabulary listed is not directly taught, but it will be helpful in doing the lesson.

Your students will need scissors and glue for every lesson in Scissors, Glue, and Vocabulary, Too!  Depending on your students' abilities, you may want to pre-cut the pictures.

The easy-to-follow directions for the students are scripted for you.  You'll want to pause after each direction to give your students time to respond.  Many of the directions ask your students to point to the pictures before asking them to glue their pictures.  This allows you to easily check each student's level of comprehension during the activity.  Feel free to modify the directions, depending on your students' abilities.

The enrichment activities give you additional ideas to strengthen your students' vocabulary and language.  Choose the ones most helpful to your students and feel free to adapt the ideas as needed.

A family letter is included for each vocabulary area.  Send it home as you begin each unit.  A helpful index by theme in the back of the book will help you plan therapy.

Scissors, Glue, Vocabulary, Too! will allow you to have fun right along with your students as their vocabulary improves.  Enjoy!

Barb, Patti, and Lauri