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Activities to help support vocabulary instruction

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Teaching students every word in the English language is impossible. But teaching students how words work leads students to unlocking many other words. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Direct Instruction, Root Words, Prefixes, Student Teaching, Word Work, English Language, Roots

Take Advantage of Root-Word Instruction

Teaching students every word in the English language is impossible. But teaching students how words work leads students to unlocking many other words.

After teaching a new concept, assess students' overall understanding and comprehension. When instruction includes new vocabulary, a cloze strategy works well. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Types Of Relationships, Comprehension, Assessment, Fill, Students, Concept, Teaching

Assess Vocabulary with Cloze Passages

After teaching a new concept, it's necessary to assess students' overall understanding and comprehension. When the instruction includes a heavy dose of new vocabulary, a cloze strategy works well.

If students do not accurately interpret the function of general academic words, they will miss points on standardized tests. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Academic Vocabulary, Feature Article, Reading Comprehension, This Or That Questions, Words, Students, Language

Identify 10-15 General Academic Words per Grade Level

If students do not accurately interpret the function of general academic words, they will miss points on standardized tests--not because they didn't understand the passage but because they didn't understand the question.

Some teachers struggle to identify the 30 core terms to target in any given content area. Here are three tips that might be helpful in whittling down the list. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Vocabulary List, Six Traits, Content Area, Readers Workshop, To Focus, Core, Target

Omit Examples from Core Vocabulary Lists

Some teachers struggle to identify the 30 core terms to target in any given content area. Here are three tips that might be helpful in whittling down the list.

Textbooks list vocabulary words at the beginning of a text to introduce to the students. Use four guiding principles to improve vocabulary instruction. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Vocabulary Words, Word Up, Textbook, Sentences, Texts, Students, Teaching

Pre-Teach Only the Most Critical Vocabulary

In the past, class time was used to pre-teach words to students by looking words up in the dictionary and then using them in sentences. This practice can take away much needed class time from actually reading a text.

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Review Terms & Roots with Headbands

The game Hedbanz, an entertaining guessing game, can be adapted as a vocabulary review activity in the classroom. Using vocabulary terms from any content area, this fast-paced activity helps students move recall from deliberate to automatic

Individual vocabulary notebooks can be a useful tool to support students as they learn subject-specific and domain-specific terms. Vocabulary Notebook, Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Primary School, Notebooks, Homeschool, Education, Learning, Purpose

Maintain Vocabulary Notebooks

Students should maintain their thinking about discipline-specific terms in an on-going resource--like a vocabulary notebook. Every time you work with a word, the students can jot this information into their vocabulary notebooks.

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Vocabulary provides background knowledge and connections to comprehension. Robert Marzano�s research stresses direct vocabulary instruction follows a 6-step process.

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Distinguish Between Key Terms and Their Synonyms

Relating terms to synonyms can be a powerful tool. By connecting an unfamiliar word to an already known word, students can begin to understand the meaning of the new term.

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Erin: This website talks about what Cloze reading is, and how to make examples of the assessment to use in your own classroom. Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Instruction, Comprehension Strategies, Cloze Reading, Teaching Reading, Teaching Ideas, 6 Traits Of Writing, Cloze Activity, Writing Mini Lessons

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Formative assessment with vocabulary focus chart. I'll have to keep this one handy. Vocabulary Instruction, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Teaching Reading, Instructional Strategies, Differentiated Instruction, Team Teaching, College Teaching

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Turn those extra few minutes of class into valuable time to review vocabulary or content or to reflect on recent learning.

This would be a good daily vocab lesson. Just use the vocabulary sheet. I could use this for the daily vocabulary instead of the half sheets. Vocabulary Notebook, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Language Arts, Teaching Reading, Vocabulary Strategies, Vocabulary Activities, Spelling Activities, Academic Vocabulary, Listening Activities

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