The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom!
Holly B. Lane, Stephanie Arriaza Allen
Developing sophisticated vocabulary is an important technique every student should acquire and every teacher should teach. There are different ways to frequently and deliberately include the modeling of vocabulary in the classroom. Vocabulary plays a huge role in predicting success for reading comprehension, academic performance, and school achievement. Students use vocabulary in almost every aspect of school, therefore it needs to be well developed. During vocabulary instruction, there needs to be multiple exposures to the words, both definitions and contexts. It is also important to engage students in deep processing with the words, which allows the understanding of the word to stay with them. It is also important to note that there are three tiers to vocabulary including: basic words, comprehension words, and low frequency words. There are marked differences in vocabulary with different SES and different learning abilities.
Vocabulary- knowledge of words and meanings
Word consciousness- aware and interested in words and meanings
Oral- words that we use in speaking or recognize in listening
Print- words we recognize or use in print
Receptive- words that a person can comprehend and respond to
Productive- words that can be produced in appropriate context and match the intended meaning
This is a great resource to use for another idea about encouraging students to frequently use new and sophisticated vocabulary! It is a blog written by a classroom teacher who has creative ideas about how to teach new words.
The Balanced Literacy Diet
This website has many different ideas on the use of vocabulary in the classroom. I really like the one pictured. It is of a word ring that has different words you can use instead of big, small, mad, funny, and you can add even more! Plus, there are even more amazing activities on this website that students would love and learn even more vocabulary.
Reading Rockets is a great resource for literacy. This specific link gives access to the top ten resources recommended for teaching vocabulary! The links are great and allows you to develop a better understanding on all the possibilities to include sophisticated language in the classroom.
1. Would you differentiate vocabulary? Why (how) or why not?
2. How would you display vocabulary in your classroom?
3. What do you think is the most important vocabulary aspect for students to learn and why?
(Hint: knowing words, knowing meanings, making connections, recognizing words)
Lane, H. B., & Allen, S. A. (2010). The Vocabulary Rich Classroom. The Reading Teacher, 362-370.