Vocabulary Unplugged

Revolutionizing How You Teach Vocabulary (K-12)

Workshop Description & Overview

Have you taught and re-taught vocabulary, only to discover that your students still don’t recognize the words the next time they see them?

~Teachers everywhere struggle with how to teach vocabulary so that students actually learn and retain the words, and then demonstrate the ability to recognize and use the words in different settings and situations.

Since vocabulary learning remains a hot topic in literacy education (Reading Today January 2011), join Us for this MRESC Workshop to gain valuable strategies to effectively teach Vocabulary to your students.

FOCUS: This workshop will focus on the critical importance of vocabulary as a foundation for thinking, communicating, and problem-solving, both in and out of the classroom.


~ BRIEF review of both the Ohio’s Learning Content Standards in Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, and The Ohio Model Curriculum material related to Vocabulary.

~A VARIETY of strategies and resources to use in the classroom to teach vocabulary

~AN OPPORTUNITY to trade ideas with other educators

~SEVERAL several hands-on vocabulary activities to engage in.

PLUS . . .

All attendees will receive a copy of Alana Morris’s book “Vocabulary Unplugged” as part of their registration fee.


Date: October 23, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Please Arrive 15 Minutes Early to Sign-In & Find Your Seat)

Location: Amos Memorial Library, Meeting Room, 230 E. North Street, Sidney, OH 45365

Lunch: On Your Own

Contact Hours: 6.0

Costs/Registration Fees:

  • $85 per person - Shelby, Logan, Hardin, Madison, and Champaign County Districts
  • $125 per person - Districts and agencies not listed above.

Meet our Presenter

Melissa Brandewie is a fifth grade Language Arts teacher at Minster Local Schools with eight years of teaching experience. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in Education from Wright State University.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 Greetings, Introductions & Agenda review

8:30 Overview activity:

What do we mean by “vocabulary”?

Why is vocabulary so important?

What kinds of tasks are children asked to do relating to vocab?

What kinds of vocabulary problems are we seeing in schools?

What are the causes of vocabulary problems?

9:15 Break

9:30 Vocabulary activity

10:00 Resources for Teaching Vocabulary

10:30 Vocabulary activity

11:00 Vocabulary activity

11:30 Lunch

12:15 Small groups: games for building vocabulary

1:00 Sharing from games

1:15 Jigsaw idea sharing

2:00 Vocabulary activities

2:45 Synthesis journal feedback form.

3:00 Dismiss

Registration Deadline

October 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

  • Space is limited to the first 40 registrants. Register Early to Secure Your Seat!


Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-3pm

230 East North Street

Sidney, OH

What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each session to complete the check-in process. Please enter through the main entrance and check-in with the Office before proceeding to the second floor multi-purpose room.

Food & Beverage: Bottled water and assorted breakfast bars will be available at the beginning of the session. While coffee or other food will not be served, participants are free to bring snack items for themselves or to share with the group. Please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring note taking materials and writing utensils with them to the session.

Our Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be received by October 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Cancellations received outside of this policy will not be accepted. Attendees and/or employing districts will be billed accordingly.

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