Tired of teaching Vocabulary?
Try these new strategies to add life to your instruction!
What we will cover in the 2 hour PD session:
To be successful, our students must understand complex texts, engage deeply with content-area concepts, and participate in academic discussions. To that end, this session will give participants an opportunity to explore technology resources that will positively impact vocabulary instruction . Participants will engage in activities designed for improving student vocabulary skills which are content and grade level specific. Walk away from this session with tools that can be implemented immediately in any content area.
What does John Hattie say about Vocabulary Instruction and it's effect on learning?
- Teachers need to directly involve students, who notice that they need to learn a word.
- Students keep records of the words they want to learn.
- Students share their ideas with others so that their peers can choose to add new words to their learning goals.
Effective Approaches to guide students working independently
- Not a one-size-fits all approach
- Assesses student knowledge before reading
- updating chart as unit progresses
- Students identify words they believe are important for themselves and the class to learn.
- Words occur in their readings, independent research, or interactions with others.
- Students record how they located the word and why they feel it is important.
Donavan's Word Jar
Like Donavan, students can be encouraged to write down words they enjoy to be added to the class word jar. The jar is opened periodically and students get to share their words with others, who can add them to their vocabulary journals when the words interest them.
Max's brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He's going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. A thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story.
The Boy Who Loved Words
Selig collects words, ones that stir his heart (Mama!) and ones that make him laugh (giggle). But what to do with so many luscious words? After helping a poet find the perfect words for his poem (lozenge, lemon, and licorice), he figures it out: His purpose is to spread the word to others. And so he begins to sprinkle, disburse, and broadcast them to people in need.
Donavan's Word Jar
The Boy Who Loved Words
Scavenger Hunts and Realia
- Students are given a list of words, both new and familiar, that are related conceptually. They have one week to find either visual examples (magazine clippings,etc.) or realia (the object itself), or evidence of the use of the word in something other than their textbook.
Closed Concept Word Sort
Open Concept Word Sort
Vocabulary Word Cards
- Index cards can be used to create meaningful notes about words. Cards serves several uses. When placed on a binder ring the cards become an easily accessible reference for the student. The time involved in creating each card also provides an opportunity for students to spend time concentrating on the meaning, use, and representation for the term, therefore increasing the likelihood that the term will become part of their permanent vocabulary.
- Children are instructed to divide each card into quadrants. Upper grade teachers may select terms related to the Greek or Latin root words.
- Target word is written in the top left quadrant.
- Definition in the student's own words is recorded in another quadrant
- Illustration or graphic representation of the term placed in a quadrant
- Antonyms or something that the word does not mean is in the last quadrant.
Task 1: Interactive Word Wall
Task 2: Alphabet Organizer
Task 3: Paint Chip Vocabulary
Task 4: Flipped Voabulary
Vocabulary site to explore using SNIP or Office Mix
Padlet to publish song lyrics, poetry, or stories using vocabulary words.
Flocabulary on Presidents' Day
How can SNIP help you teach vocabulary?
A visual resource to help see the conceptual aspects of vocabulary
Look at a website with fun songs that teach key words and concepts