Vocabulary describes the word meanings children understand. It is important for children to continuously develop their vocabularies because it influences their ability to comprehend different texts. This board contains activities, resources and assessment tools to support students' vocabulary development in elementary schools!
Chapter 6 in Classrooms That Work describes a variety of different strategies educators can use to support children's vocabulary knowledge. One of the strategies I enjoyed learning about included a read-aloud. Educators are encouraged to skim read-alouds and identify 3 to 5 words children may have a hard time understanding. After the read-aloud is complete educators can do different activities, such as small group dramatizations to define the words.
UNDERSTANDING: Reading Rockets article discussing how to provide effective writing instruction to students with learning disabilities.
I believe this chart from, Sheila Chung, can be effectively used during a lesson that explicitly focuses on vocabulary. Moreover, this resource can be beneficial for ELLs, because students are encouraged to write a translation for the word from their primary language. Students should also write a sentence with the word to understand how to use it. This chart can be completed independently or in small groups.
I believe the thesaurus rings described in the better than good video can significantly enhance students writing vocabulary. Each thesaurus ring can contain a specific adjective, that students can find synonyms for. Before incorporating a word on a ring, however, it is important that the educator ensures each student knows its definition and how to use it. Furthermore, I believe this resource can help all students throughout the elementary grades.
Dual-language dictionaries can be an effective tool to enhance a child's English vocabulary, because it allows them to use their first language. Toronto is a multicultural city, therefore, educators should be aware of the range of resources that are available to support English Language Learners. This particular dictionary is more appropriate for junior and intermediate students. Picture dictionaries, either online or hard copy may be more appropriate for elementary students.
The vocabulary chapter (29-39) effectively describes the vocabulary subtypes. The vocabularies identified range from speaking to writing and can appear vastly different. A student can have an expansive speaking vocabulary, whereas the words they include in their writing are repetitive. I believe it is crucial for educators to be aware of the subtypes because they can influence instruction. Children with deficits in their writing vocabulary may benefit from personal dictionaries.