Vocabulary in Today's Classroom
Vocabulary Instructional Practices for Today's Teachers
Calling all educators, parents, administrators, or anyone searching for vocabulary knowledge!
Are you looking for instructional strategies?
Are you looking to help your student become a better reader?
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Describing the Vocabulary Gap in Classroom's Today
Are you having trouble choosing academic or content specific vocabulary to teach your students?
Use the Word and Phrase Tool!
What the Word and Phrase Tool Can Do
• Provide a split-second analysis of any text that can be copied and pasted into the tool
• List all high-utility general academic words in a text
• List all discipline-specific words in a text
• For any given word in the text, list synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, collocates (words that frequently occur with the target word), and sentences from authentic sources using the word
Have you heard of Tiers 1, 2 , and 3 words?
Tier 1 words are those that a common and easily understood. Tier 2 words are words that likely to be seen often in texts but not necessarily in everyday life. Tier 3 words are domain specific such as the word anthropologist. Tier 2 words are where most educators will base their specific vocabulary instruction because these are words they will be seen across many texts and will open up instructional opportunities for other words.
Students can use the word wall to refer back to in order to use what a former teacher of mine used to call, "meaty" words in their writing.
Teachers can refer back to the word wall during instructional time to review word knowledge with their students.
Four Square! and Concept of Definition Maps Expanding Word Knowledge
Each square asks students for a specific type of information; in this case, each square would ask for information about a vocabulary word. This strategy helps students broaden their knowledge of the word and brainstorm ways to apply the word.
The next strategy is the Concept of Definition Map which is more complex than the Four Square in that it requires to student’s to extend the information they learn from the word in a web-like feature. For each, level that they create, they have to elaborate on. For example, if they create a bubble or level for the definition, they would extend that into the parts of speech of the word.
Picture examples of these vocabulary learning strategies are located below! :)
The Word Box!
This strategy gets students excited about word learning. They are excited to make a contribution to the class word box for their word to possibly be featured during instructional time!!! :)
Word Wizard Activities
Classes in your grade level can compete with one another to earn points by challenging the students to participate in the following activities.
The winning class can earn a pizza or ice cream party, extra recess, no homework day, etc!
- find a word that was studied outside the class,
- find a word derived from the root, prefix, or suffix that was studied
- find a situation or experience in or out of the classroom where a word studied would apply.
- ******Students are expected to explain how they come across the word being applied in their everyday encounters.