Any subject area teacher can and should create curriculum tools that can help students that require accommodations in their learning. This is key to differentiated learning and instruction. When I think of my content area of social studies I know that it can require a lot of reading. Vocabulary is an important piece of knowledge that can help students make their way through the content, and I try to create or find activities that support vocabulary acquisition.
In the past I have utilized sites like Quia to create activities that build and reinforce vocabulary knowledge. Quia activities like flashcards, matching, concentration, word search, and hangman are a few that present vocabulary in a fun way. You can also create cloze reading activities with Quia that enable a user to read passages of text and identify key terms that complete a paragraph. Online textbook resources also often have ready made vocabulary activities that can make it much easier for students to navigate text or take an active part in classroom discussions and projects. Online textbooks are also interactive and most have an audio or read-aloud feature built into the text.
The following are several examples of vocabulary and reading activities that I have created or found and linked to that assist all students and especially those that may struggle with reading (especially see the flashcards, matching, concentration, word search, hangman, jumbled words, pop ups, and cloze activities).
Help your students gain a better understanding of the content by accessing the reading tools that are all around you or create some today. Technology makes for better and more complete learning, and your students deserve to utilize these tools.