Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
Susan Gibson
Response to Rachel
Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:29

My school purchased a Text Talk kit written by Isabella Beck a few years back but they are geared more towards k-3 so I never used them when I was in 4th grade. The word were preselected. Four of the words were tier 2 words in the text and two of the words were tier 2 words related to the text. I know Emily used the words from her basal reading series that went along with her story for the week. But all the students had the same word and text. I think sometimes the words that were chosen were hard for the students to use in writing because they were just so foreign for the students. For example, two of the words for my last cycle were haughtily and feverishly. They liked learned the words and understood the meaning but they hadn't transferred into their productive vocabulary yet. I think the more teacher modeling of the words the more the students will start using them themselves.

As for the 8 day cycle, it was hard to get the lessons in because we had a lot of required testing/teacher workdays during our research time. So the lessons weren't always consecutive but we tried to make them that way for the most part. It would probably be more ideal to make it a full two weeks to give students a chance to really use the words in their speaking so that it could then transfer into writing.

  • Productive Vocabulary - Rachel Yakey, Sat Nov 22 10:46
    Great topic and presentation. Vocabulary is one of those areas where we all seem to wonder how to teach/present/use instruction effectively to help our students. The data that showed how your... more
    • Response to Rachel - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 12:29
      • Re Susan - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 12:51
        Wow! Haughtily and Feverishly! It would be cool if they used them in their writing, but like your research said (if I remember correctly) words used in writing typically follow speech patterns. Did... more
        • Rachel - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:10
          For that specific cycle of words, we had to take the Cogat test one week and our 1st quarter benchmarks so both of those took up much of our day so I didn't do much talking on those days and was just ... more
          • re-Rachel - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:20
            I agree with Susan. The more I modeled the words in speech, the more comfortable the students became using the words. In my classroom, I saw a great deal of growth in the words they were using when... more
          • Makes sense - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:23
            That does make a lot of since of the frequency of use, but you are right, the balance of time with so many areas that need addressed is a big struggle. Like I have been saying for the last year (lol) ... more
            • Vocabulary Ideas - Susan Gibson, Sun Nov 23 13:51
              Some of the text talk strategies could be used to develop tier 2 words with the books you are reading. You could just introduce a few words a week. But middle school vocabulary is primarily developed ... more
              • Prefix, etc - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 16:47
                The middle school vocabulary is developed through word parts. I have to teach them how to break down a word in the first nine weeks or so, but then they can start to see how a word is built. You're... more
                • words at any age - Emily Fox, Sun Nov 23 19:27
                  One of the things I found interesting within some of our research was that it doesn't really matter at what point we teach kids certain words. For example, many parents were surprised that my 2nd... more
                  • any age - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 16:52
                    i agree Emily. My first graders love using "big words." We have been discussing metacognition in reading. We even have a song about it. It is amazing to hear them using this word correctly in... more
                  • Kid Friendly - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:20
                    I agree, Emily. It is nice to know that word selection doesn't seem to be the biggest issue as long as students can understand the context of the word. Time, time, time, seems to the biggest issue... more
Click here to receive daily updates