Literacy: Vocabulary

Vocabulary refers to the words we know, and can be differentiated into meaning vocabulary (words we know orally) and reading vocabulary (words we recognize in print). Vocabulary is important in the early stages of reading to map the words we know orally to words we see in print, and later it is important to know word meanings in order to comprehend what is read from text (PRF, p. 29).
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INSTRUCTION: This is a clever and useful vocabulary activity, explicitly teaching students a number of Tier 2 words they will encounter in assessments. Examples of words include prove, identify, and justify. Teaching these particular words to students goes beyond adding to their vocabulary, and helps them become more successful in assessments by knowing exactly what their teacher is looking for in their answers.

--> "Instructional Terms" helps students expand their vocabulary with explicit teaching of word meaning of instructional terms that appear most often in district assessments.

INSTRUCTION: This activity involves an "expanding" vocabulary wall. This activity is interactive for students as they are able to put new, interesting words up on the word wall and share them with their peers. I thought this activity is effective as it is student-generated, allowing them to take ownership of their expanding vocabularies and promote each other's learning as well.

[ VOCABULARY ] Expand Vocabulary Wall: Get students involved in their own learning and be exposed to new and interesting words

INSTRUCTION: This activity explicitly teaches the meaning of nouns, verbs, and adjectives through the creation of a class book. Students create a monster based on their descriptive words they choose. Students are able to associate words they know with the printed word, and gain an understanding of the meaning of the words noun, adjective, and verb!

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INSTRUCTION: Word Detectives (p. 93-94) helps students learn how to figure out word meanings while reading. The teacher chooses 6-10 words from a text students will read, and gives a trio of students sticky notes with words on them. They are to look through the text to locate the word, and use context, pictures, or word parts ("clues") to discover the words meaning. This activity is engaging and fun for students, while giving them meaningful practice using word-learning strategies.

UNDERSTANDING Chapter 9 provides an excellent description of the importance of teaching students the writing processes and strategies to implement them. It specifically discusses "Writer's Workshop" and how to implement it into the classroom.

INSTRUCTION: This activity demonstrates a way to display new vocabulary words. The teacher chooses 2-3 words per week and reviews them with the class (breaking it down into word parts, reviewing synonyms and antonyms, as well as what part of speech it is). Afterwards, the new words are placed on the vine. It is effective as it promotes student engagement, it is interesting to look at, and students are interested in using these vocabulary words for their writing and spelling.

INSTRUCTION: This activity demonstrates a way to display new vocabulary words…