Vocabulary Rich Classrooms
What Does Strong Vocabulary Instruction Look Like
- Tier 1 are those basic words that most students already know before they come into our classrooms, like car, house, key, etc.
- Tier 2 are those words that are very important to understanding of what they read and are frequently used by those who are older in their lives, i.e., every day vernacular like stingy, mysterious, dawdle, etc. This is the sweet spot for teaching vocabulary. These are the words we should teach when introducing strong vocabulary.
- Tier 3 are words that students will run into eventually in their studies, considered "low-frequency words," and are only utilized in specialized areas, i.e., nucleus, proton, etc.
Four Key Components of Vocabulary Instruction
- Wide Reading
- Instruction of Individual Words
- Word Learning Strategies
- Development of Word Consciousness
What IS Word Consciousness?
Stop "Dumbing Down" Language and Be a Word-Conscious Teacher!
1. What are some ideas you have for using vocabulary modeling in your classroom?
2. What do you think of the three tier system for vocabulary? Does it remind you of any other strategy?
3. What do you think of the two teachers talked about and what did you like or not like about their modeling strategies for vocabulary?