Create a Vocabulary List

Overview

This article will show you how to create a new Vocabulary List that you can use to play the Flashcard Factory game. Please note that Pear Deck Vocabulary and the Flashcard Factory are only available for users who log in with Google at this time.

The Basic Steps

  1. Log into Pear Deck with your Google account. You can go to peardeck.com and click on Teacher Login, or simply click here.
  2. Click Start a Vocab List.

3. Now you have three different ways to add terms into your List. The rest of the article will explore these three options:

  • Choose a pre-made List from Pear Deck
  • Enter your own terms and definitions
  • Paste in a list from somewhere else

Choose a Pre-Made List

  1. Click on the Menu Button in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Select Find Vocabulary Lists.

3. You'll be directed to the Words to Know page. Scroll down to search for a list of terms based on grade level. Or, click Create a List to leave this page and go back to your Pear Deck Home.

4. If you click on a grade level, you'll be directed to a new page with instructions to create your own list with the terms. Scroll down to see and copy the terms (and definitions, if available) you want to use. Terms and definitions should be imported into the Pear Deck editor in two separate columns so they properly fill out the terms and definitions sections of the Vocabulary list.

5. Copy the terms and/or definitions you want to use. Then click Open Vocab Editor.

6. In the Vocabulary Editor, click Import.

Vocab editor, import button, red arrow

7. In the new window, go to Import a List and paste the terms and definitions (if you have them) into the box. Each line creates another card. Press the enter key on your keyboard to start a separate line and a separate card. If you include definitions, they must be placed in a separate column. You can separate the columns with the tab key on your keyboard. The List Preview shows you how they will look in your Vocabulary List.

Students will always be prompted to write an example sentence during the Flashcard Factory game. If you don't want students to see the definitions during the Flashcard Factory game, feel free to leave them off of your List! If you leave the Definition field blank, students will only see the term (no definition) during the game. They can then either write an example sentence or their own definition for these terms:

8. Click Import List.

9. Your Vocabulary List is ready! You can add definitions here too, either by typing them, or by clicking the Definitions button to search from Merriam Webster.

Enter your own terms and definitions

  1. In the Vocabulary Editor, type your term into the Term field.
  2. Click enter on your keyboard to jump to the Definition field. Type your definition. Or, click Definitions to search for one from Merriam Webster. You can also leave the Definition field blank if you want students to define the term in their own words. Either way, students will be prompted to write an example sentence during the Flashcard Factory game.

Paste in a List from somewhere else

If you have a list of terms in a spreadsheet or in another program, like Quizlet, you can copy and paste the list into the Pear Deck Vocabulary Editor.

  1. Select the terms and definitions, from two different columns, and copy them.

2. Open the Pear Deck Vocabulary List Editor and click Import.

3. In the new window, go to Import a List and paste the terms and definitions (optional) into the box.

4. Each line creates another card. Press the enter key on your keyboard to start a separate line and a separate card. If you include definitions, they must be placed in a separate column. You can separate the columns with the tab key on your keyboard. The List Preview shows you how they will look in your Vocabulary List.

Students will always be prompted to write an example sentence during the Flashcard Factory game. If you don't want students to see the definitions during the Flashcard Factory game, feel free to leave them out of your List! If you leave the Definition field blank, students will only see the term (no definition) during the game. They can then either write an example sentence or their own definition for these terms:

5. Click the Import List button.

6. Your Vocabulary List is ready! You can choose to add definitions here too, either by typing them or by clicking the Definitions button to search from Merriam Webster.

Export from another program

Let's say you have a list you want to use from another program, like Quizlet. You can export the list to CSV (or spreadsheet) format, then copy and paste it into Pear Deck Vocabulary. Here's how this works in Quizlet:

  1. Find the list you want to use and click the More Actions (three-dots) menu.

2. Click Export.

3. Make sure Tab and New Line are selected at the top. Then click Copy Text.

4. Now you can paste your terms into the Pear Deck Vocabulary List Editor! To learn more about this, follow steps 2 through 5 in the Paste in a List from somewhere else section, above.