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Susan Gibson
Vocabulary Ideas
Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:51
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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 through word parts correct? I've seen from different 5th grade bloggers how they use a base/prefix/suffix/ word of the day and complete different activities with the word part in order to build their students' lexicons. But I'm not sure of the activities they use off the top of my head. It's been a while since I've looked at the blog posts. The biggest thing I've learned about vocabulary instruction so far is to just give multiple exposures to a word and in different contexts in order for students to really grasp the meaning. So maybe you could have a vocabulary related activity as a bell ringer a few days a week. Then have a word winner chart like we did to encourage use of words in their speaking….

As for the Sadlier vocabulary, I haven't heard of that.

  • 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
      • 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
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