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Word Shower! Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary School

What words should I spend time teaching?  What are the best strategies for teaching new words?  How do I get the students to remember words?  This collection of resources answers those questions, providing teachers with resources they can begin using in their classrooms immediately.
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Word Shower! Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary School
  • altonschools.org
    altonschools.org

    Marzano’s Six Step Process Teaching Academic Vocabulary

    20 minute read
    Kelli Silva says:
    Along with an explanation of Marzano's six step process, you will find Marzano's four square template for teaching new words as well as printable templates to help students extend their learning of new words.
  • weareteachers.com
    weareteachers.com

    WeAreTeachers: 11 Vocab Review Games to Make the Learning Stick

    5 minute read
    Kelli Silva says:
    You've taught your vocabulary words to students, but now what?  How do you get them to use the words enough times that they remember them and do it in a way that doesn't bore them.  Here is a list of 11 games students will enjoy playing to review their words.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

    5 minute read
    Kelli Silva says:
    This article offers a good overview of current research and strategies for vocabulary teaching, including Beck's three tiers of vocabulary and Marzano's six steps for teaching vocabulary.  At the end it includes a list of resources for those interested in learning more.
  • Kelli Silva says:
    Not sure which words to teach?  This tool can help you identify high utility words that will be useful to students across a variety of contexts.  It identifies the tier 2 words that are not content specific but are used frequently in all content areas.
  • Kelli Silva says:
    Discussions 4 Learning is a resource that I have used with my students and really like.  It is a series of art images along with discussion questions that highlight the use of 4 to 6 academic vocabulary words per image.  The students have engaging discussions and have really enjoyed looking at and taking about each image. The images provide exposure to academic contexts for young kids or beginning ELL students who aren't able to access the topics through reading.
  • Kelli Silva says:
    This book offers strategies for teaching vocabulary as well as games to reinforce word knowledge. However, what I really appreciate about this book is the appendix which lists academic vocabulary words categorized according to subject area and proficiency level. When I am planning thematic units I often refer to this to ensure that I am including as many academic words as possible in my lessons.
  • naeyc.org
    naeyc.org

    Bridging the Vocabulary Gap

    20 minute read
    Kelli Silva says:
    Although this article targets early childhood students, it provides an excellent explanation of why some students enter school with a vocabulary deficit and how young kids go about learning vocabulary. It provides four strategies elementary teachers can also can use to help fill in that vocabulary gap.
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