Reading Vocabulary Strategy: Capsule Vocabulary Appropriate Grade Level: 1st-4th grade Procedures/Steps: Capsule Vocabulary is a word connecting activity that includes reading, speaking, and writing. Capsule Vocabulary is an activity that takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Students should be paired up into groups of two. Students take a set of about ten terms that have been introduced and intentionally work them into a conversation with classmates. The pairs record that words that have been used. After each partner talks through the set of words, they individually write a summary of the topic containing the terms. Then the pairs exchange papers and comment on each other’s word usage. Comments and/or tips: Capsule Vocabulary is a technique that stresses social aspects of word learning by having students purposely, yet informally, talk about related sets of words and their meanings (Crist, 1975). Source: Crist, B. J. (1975). One capsule a week- a painless remedy for vocabulary skills. Journal of Reading, 19, 147-149.