One of things I started making for class last year was a monthly vocabulary menu. Last year I taught 7th and 8th grade and we worked through a vocabulary program for SAT words. This year my 5th and 6th grade students are working through a vocabulary book that has set word lists and activities for them to complete.
In addition though, we will also practice the words on Spelling City and use my vocabulary menus. With vocabulary and grammar both, I am much more interested in whether you can apply them than just answer a worksheet correctly. The menus are fun because they make your students use the words in a cohesive way, but also challenges them to be creative. They have to tie any list of words into fun prompts chosen by the month. Students also can come up with their own story ideas, but I saw some really creative stories last year from my 7th and 8th graders. I made several of the months last year, so I will be working on finishing up the months I hadn't done this year.
This month I finally made the September vocabulary and spelling menu. You can get a copy HERE.
You also can get a copy of the October vocabulary and spelling menu HERE. How do you get your students to apply understanding of their vocabulary words?