The Vocabulary - Rich Classroom
Lauren Schwalm - Section C - February 11th, 2016
Four Types of Vocbulary
- Oral Vocabulary - Words we understand when communicating aloud.
- Print Vocabulary - Words we know when we read or write.
- Receptive Vocbulary -Words we understand when listening or reading (less well-known and used)
- Productive –Words used when speaking or writing ( Well-known and familiar words)
"The more words the reader knows the easier it will be to read and understand what is read." (According to the article Page 3)
Vocabulary instruction is specifically important for students with reading difficulties.
A student will learn 3,000 -4,000 words per year!
Levels of Knowing Words
Level 1- No Knowledge of the Word
Level 2- General Sense of the Word
Level 3- Narrow, Context
Level 4- Some Knowledge of the Word
Level 5- Rich Knowledge of the Word
Throughout this article it stressed the importance of teaching your students new vocabulary words. But first you need to get a sense of what your students already know. When introducing a new word to your students you are able to evaluate their knowledge of the word on these levels. If they start at a level one, how well do you want them to know the word of choice? The level of knowledge needs to be determined.
Ms. Barker's Kindergarten Classroom
Zookeeper---------------------Animal Nutritional Specialist
The teacher used modeling and repetition to introduce and use new vocabulary. These jobs provided them with a baseline of the understanding. They referred to these jobs by the original name for months before developing a more complex name. The jobs started out as very basic knowledge and vocabulary used was basic and developed into more complex words.
Ms. Rivas's Fourth Grade Classroom
- How can you amplify the use of vocabulary within your classroom?
- What vocabulary teaching strategies have you observed in past experiences, where these strategies effective?
- How do you see yourself teaching vocabulary within your classrooms?
Lane, H. B., & Allen, S. A. (2010). The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom: Modeling Sophisticated Word Use to Promote Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth. Reading Teacher, 63(5), 362-370.