Robust Vocabulary Instruction
Make Every Word Count!
Action Research- Vocabulary Instruction in Kindergarten
How to chose the right words
-choose words from themes or read aloud text
Beck, McKeown and Kucan suggest four criteria for choosing words: utility, concreteness, repetition and relatedness to theme or topic (see link for reference list).
-words should be tier 2 vocabulary (see link below K-12 Tier 2 vocabulary), and should not be familiar to most students.
Students drew their own version of an owl and wrote vocabulary words around it.
Students chose a habitat in the winter to illustrate and write facts about. They used books, magazines and iPads to do their research first. Next, they drew the habitat. Finally, they wrote at least 3 facts they learned. Many students used vocabulary they had learned in their writing.
A student transferred the vocabulary word, "predator" from a read aloud, to her writing about penguins.