Literacy Portfolio: Vocabulary Development,Grade One
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Vocabulary development is a child’s ability to recognize, know and understand words, its’ meanings and how their used in everyday life. Vocabulary knowledge is always growing and expanding and it never finishes developing. (Diamond & Gutlohn, 2006) Vocabulary can be learned both directly and indirectly throughout the day with a supportive teacher who provides engaging learning experiences to help learn new and exciting words. (Allen & Lane, 2010)
Assessment: This article provides informal vocabulary assessments through writing. This can be done using a writing prompt where children are encouraged to write about something. This can help teachers see how many words were used, the complexity of the words and if they were used correctly. This effective tool provides teachers with a writing sample of student’s current level of knowledge and understanding of words, as well as, provides a way to monitor progress and gaps in learning.

Assessment: This article provides informal vocabulary assessments through writing. This can be done using a writing prompt where children are encouraged to write about something. This can help teachers see how many words were used, the complexity of the words and if they were used correctly. This effective tool provides teachers with a writing sample of student’s current level of knowledge and understanding of words, as well as, provides a way to monitor progress and gaps in learning.

Assessment: This article provides helpful tools to assess a child’s vocabulary. Teachers can assess through word lists or cloze tests. The teacher shows or points to words that the child would have to say or would have to put into a blank to finish a sentence. These are effective assessment tools  because it shows teachers what words children know and which ones they do not.  Then they can determine the direction or aspect of the word to focus their lesson around.

Assessment: This article provides helpful tools to assess a child’s vocabulary. Teachers can assess through word lists or cloze tests. The teacher shows or points to words that the child would have to say or would have to put into a blank to finish a sentence. These are effective assessment tools because it shows teachers what words children know and which ones they do not. Then they can determine the direction or aspect of the word to focus their lesson around.

Understanding: Lane and Allen’s article supported my knowledge of vocabulary.  It provided me with insight into how diverse children’s vocabulary could be in a classroom.  Every child may be at a different level in their ability to know and learn words, particularly SES children, who may come to school with less vocabulary then their peers. Creating a vocabulary-enriched classroom is important not only in helping teachers close this gap, but also increase their knowledge and love of words.

The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom: Modeling Sophisticated Word Use to Promote Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth

Instruction: Scholastics provided a lesson that will help increase a child’s vocabulary and ability to remember words. The lesson teaches children that words, when thought about, can create mental images in their mind. This is an effective lesson to teach vocabulary because it shows children that certain words hold images when read, helping to deepen their understanding of the word and its meaning. This is also a helpful strategy when decoding new words used in everyday conversations.

An interactive whiteboard mini-lesson on vocabulary excerpted from Writing Lessons for the Interactive Whiteboard by Lola M.

Instruction: Education.com provided a lesson to teach children about multiple meaning words.  It focuses on words that look the same but have other meanings. Using stories and writing tasks are helpful in showing children the various ways words can be used. This is effective because it teaches children the importance of looking for contextual clues when reading words. For children to learn words, they need multiple strategies to help them engage with the words (Allen & Lane).

Instruction: Education.com provided a lesson to teach children about multiple meaning words. It focuses on words that look the same but have other meanings. Using stories and writing tasks are helpful in showing children the various ways words can be used. This is effective because it teaches children the importance of looking for contextual clues when reading words. For children to learn words, they need multiple strategies to help them engage with the words (Allen & Lane).

Instruction: Word sort is helpful to teach vocabulary. These children sorted by opposite words. However, you can sort in a variety of ways either by sound, prefixes, suffixes or new concept words. This is an effective way to encourage learning and allows children to familiarize themselves with words and play around with them. Word sorts can also be useful in helping children see connections between words so they can apply the knowledge to new words and expand what they know.

In this segment, you will see students involved in a word sort that is open- ended enough to engage every learner.

Understanding: Campbell & Wasik’s contributed to my understanding of vocabulary. I learned that vocabulary is critical, but it’s also the most difficult to teach. For children to learn vocabulary, it requires purposeful, strategic and explicit teaching opportunities that expose children to repeated learning of these words. The most important way to teach vocabulary is through conversations and reading with adults. This can help children increase their understanding, meaning and use of words.

Understanding: Campbell & Wasik’s contributed to my understanding of vocabulary. I learned that vocabulary is critical, but it’s also the most difficult to teach. For children to learn vocabulary, it requires purposeful, strategic and explicit teaching opportunities that expose children to repeated learning of these words. The most important way to teach vocabulary is through conversations and reading with adults. This can help children increase their understanding, meaning and use of words.

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