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Instructional Strategies and Resources for Vocabulary
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Professional Books for Vocabulary Instruction
I read this book this summer and loved it! It includes information on creating a vocabulary-rich environment, ideas building students vocabulary, and how to support vocabulary through reading. The book is full of classroom examples and instructional approaches!
For every chapter in this book, the author explains why the item is important, the connection to the Common Core, and action steps for instruction. Some of my favorite chapters are related to the use of pictures to teach vocabulary, word walls and how to help students write definitions. The book also has an access code for free vocabulary downloads!
This book may only have 80 pages but it's packed with ideas for best practice instructional strategies for teaching vocabulary. The chapters cover how to select words, how students learn words, a framework for vocabulary instruction and other great instructional ideas!
Great Books for Vocabulary Instruction
Baloney, Henry P is by far my favorite book for teaching context clues! It's filled with "alien" language for everyday objects. Students have to infer the meaning of Henry's words to determine what's happening in the story. The back of the book includes a glossary of word meanings, as well as the language origin of the words Henry uses in the story. Students love this book!
This book is a classic for vocabulary instruction! It's full of outstanding vocabulary words and a lesson about the importance of knowing the meaning of words.
Big Words for Little People is the perfect book for introducing "big" words to young learners! The book includes words that students hear often such as irate, cooperate and persevere. I love the way this book connects the words to everyday life!
Instructional Games and Resources
Ideas for Word Walls
Many teachers including our content specialists use word walls. This is a great post about 5 ways to improve your word walls. Great images and instructional ideas!
Great Games for Vocabulary
These games would be easy to make and could be used with any words! My favorite is Oranges to Oranges (which is like Apples to Apples) with words from your recent unit and Vocab-Categories (which is like the game Scattegories!) You will need to sign up for the free download, but it's worth it!
Great Booklist Organized into Categories for Teaching Vocabulary
I found this booklist online that includes mentor texts for teaching prefixes, suffixes, homonyms, synonyms, initial consonants and more! It is an extensive booklist with books organized into categories and labeled A (all students), Y (younger learners), and O (older students). The categories align with our curriculum and/or the Common Core. I highly recommend checking it out! I have some of the books listed in this collection and I'm sure our school libraries will have some of the titles, as well. Enjoy!
Fun Vocabulary Games on PBS
This link includes tons of online games that would be great for young learners!