If you’ve been in the classroom for even a year or two, you probably have seen first hand how word knowledge helps students better understand the content they’ve read. Without a schema for a topic, there is no place to attach new information, right? Plus, a growing vocabulary transforms kid writing into sophisticated pieces and improves speaking skills too. So how can we as teachers embed vocabulary into every single lesson? Today, I’d like to share ten suggestions to get you started.
WORD WALLS AND PERSONAL DICTIONARIES
FIND ALTERNATIVE WORDS
Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting.
As part of these roles, the clarifier is tasked with the job of locating interesting vocabulary and explaining to the group what the words mean to clarify the author’s message. Reciprocal teaching has been proven to be a very effective way to help students drive their own learning, and it’s a great way to build community too. To learn more about reciprocal teaching, check out [THIS POST] on Reading Rockets.