Word Awareness

Feb 2, 2009 by

Creating “word aware” classrooms is an important first step in building students’ vocabulary skills.  We need to intentionally focus on vocabulary and make word learning a part of every day, not just during formal vocabulary instruction (Blachowicz & Fisher, 2002). Word of the Day This concept has been around for years, but it is still a great way to foster word awareness in our classrooms.  To add spice to this activity, try introducing the word of the day by giving several clues throughout the day or by having students guess the word in the form of 20 Questions.  Many websites offer a “word of the day” feature.  Here are a few: Word Central Dictionary.com Merriam Webster Daily Word Hunt Designate a bulletin board, chart paper, or section of the chalkboard for students to record...

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Vocabulary Instruction

Feb 2, 2009 by

What does scientifically-based research tell us about vocabulary instruction? 1)  Most vocabulary is learned indirectly.      Children learn word meanings indirectly by: engaging daily in oral language listening to adults read to them reading extensively on their own 2)  Some vocabulary must be taught directly.      Teachers can provide direct instruction by: Providing students with specific word instruction Teaching students word-learning strategies Dependence on a single vocabulary method will not result in optimal learning. What does it mean to “know” a word? Students move from: Not knowing a word to Having an acquaintance with the word to Deep, rich flexible knowledge of the word   Guidelines for Effective Vocabulary Instruction Guideline 1:  The effective vocabulary teacher builds a word-rich environment in which students are immersed in words for both incidental and intentional learning. Wide...

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