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Rachel Yakey
Prefix, etc
Sun Nov 23, 2014 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 right though, the time is just an issue. Giving enough time to breaking words apart and seeing how the suffix/prefix., etc gives the word meaning is wonderful. I am just curious if starting there is better than giving them word support at the third grade level, where they are reading.

  • 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
      • 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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