Academic Vocabulary

taking words beyond the word wall

Strategies to activate higher level thinking from your students.

The importance of Word Parts


A morpheme is a small part of a word that has meaning. For example, the word "pre reading" has three morphemes: "pre"-, "read", and "-ing". These meaningful word parts are the building blocks of the academic vocabulary that students encounter in content area classrooms. Teaching morphemes gives students a tool for determining the meanings of unknown words as they encounter them in reading. (John Seidlitz)

Did you know that by teaching un, re, in and dis you will teach 58% of prefixes in school texts?

Here are frequently used Prefixes and Suffixes

Scholastic list of Prefixes and Suffixes

Building Vocabulary, Prefixes, Suffixes and Root Words

Additional strategies

Many of the following strategies are already being incorporated into Hedrick classrooms. Strategies 6, 7 and 12 are lesson friendly and can be used in your classroom today!

ebooks, science articles and station possibilities...oh my!

Discovery Education has ebooks and articles in English and Spanish. They will read to your students and/or you can print them for you students to practice Tool-kit skills.

Did I mention the ebooks and articles are leveled?

Make sure to go to Lewisville ISD's Discovery Education Link and use your lisd username and password.

Sentence Frames

Sentence starters vs sentence frames

Front load your students with as many model sentence starters and frames as possible! The more they see, the more likely they are to internalize and use the grammar in their future writing.

Use the frame of reference as a window into your student's thinking. Let their answers guide your next lessons.

The Thinking Map site is an excellent resource for ideas!

Vocabulary Table Printables

Kid's Speak document - use with or without pictures

word-picture-sentence document

Moving forward...

What strategies are you going to use in your classroom. What will it look like in your classroom? How will you measure your student success?