Vocabulary Cards – English Colonization

Use these fun and inclusive vocabulary cards to help your students learn new vocab terms!

Keep reading to find out how to use vocabulary cards to help your students learn new vocabulary terms!

Something as simple as moving cards around on a table can be a powerful tool for kinesthetic learners (and ALL of our students are partially kinesthetic learners) to make connections with new terms. In my experience, few resources do this as well or efficiently as my vocabulary task cards.

My English Colonization Task Cards include cards for 14 terms that utilizes Marzano’s Six Steps of Vocabulary Instruction when used in conjunction with this FREE Vocabulary Games resource!

The terms below are included in this set:

  • New England Colonies
  • Middle Colonies
  • Southern Colonies
  • Pilgrim
  • Puritans
  • Tobacco
  • Cash Crop
  • Raw Material
  • Plantation
  • Slave
  • Indentured Servant
  • French & Indian War
  • Triangular Trade
  • Finished Products

These cards work great for the beginning steps of vocabulary acquisition, or as a way to reinforce or review terms throughout or at the end of a unit.

How To Use These Cards


  • Print out and cut the cards. Make as many sets as you have groups of students (I usually have mine work in groups of four)


  • I have my students progress through two or three activities with the cards on a vocabulary card day.
    • Task 1 – match each “Word Card” with it’s matching “Definition” and “Image Cards” to create something like a big KIM chart on their tables with the cards.
      • When a group finishes, they call me over to check their work. If it needs adjusting, I guide them to the correct answers. If it is all correct, I direct them to use the cards to quiz each other (the FREE resource I linked earlier have some great vocab card game ideas).
    • Task 2 – Using only the “Word” cards, they are to make groups of similar words. The similarities must be related to the words’ meanings, not something like “these words all start with L” or  “all of these words have 5 letters”. Like in task 1, when they finish they are to explain their reasoning to me, and then quiz each other while the other groups finish.
    • Task 3 – Again, using just the “Word” cards, they are to rank the words from what they think the most important word is as it relates to our unit of study to the least important word. Again, when they are done, they explain their ranking to me, then play a game with the cards.


  • By completing Task 1, your students will make connections between the words, their definitions, and images all of which help recall on assessments.
  • By completing Task 2, your students will begin to make connections between various terms helping to build meaning which, again, helps recall on assessments.
  • By completing Task 3, your students begint to create a hierarchy of terms which may help them identify what pieces of content may be more important than others.
  • Through working collaboratively with vocabulary task cards, your students will develop cooperative learning skills which helps them learn and create a better learning atmosphere for other activities.
Use these fun and inclusive vocabulary cards to help your students learn new vocab terms!
Use these fun and inclusive vocabulary cards to help your students learn new vocab terms!