I want to focus today on Developing Word Meaning Through
- Student Friendly Explanations
- Teacher-Created Contexts
- Active Engagement With Words
Using your text is a great way to introduce targeted words. After introducing each word you want students to:
- repeat the word after you
- give them a student-friendly explanation of the word
- actively engage students in the word through:
b. making choices
c. finishing the idea- sentence starters
d. choose an example and non- example of the word
- repeat the word again
Here (above) is an example of how I introduced the word "bulge" to my students. You can download this document by clicking on either picture above. (d. is an example of "Finish the idea")
I found with my struggling readers and ESL students that making vocabulary word cards was helpful for them to have more in-depth word knowledge. Here are 2 examples below which are also included in the document with instructions.
I hope you found some useful information and something new to try when teaching vocabulary.
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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.
What is something you may try in your vocabulary instruction that I wrote about today?