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Multisensory Vocabulary Instruction 101

Multisensory instruction teaches to more than one sense at a time and gives learners more than one way to make connections with their schema as they learn new concepts. This collections provides a basic understanding of multisensory instruction and what it could look like in your classroom! “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” ~Chinese proverb (Curated by Mandy Jayne Stanley Antwine)
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Multisensory Vocabulary Instruction 101
  • Kappa Delta Pi says:
    This article provides a basic overview of multisensory instruction. It explains how multisensory instruction teaches to more than one sense at a time, that many research-based reading programs for struggling readers use multisensory teaching methods, such as the Orton–Gillingham and the Wilson Reading System, and an example of how it may look in a classroom.
  • Kappa Delta Pi says:
    There are many misconceptions about what multisensory instruction REALLY looks like. Many educators assume that having students move around the classroom in learning centers is multisensory instruction or that having students stand up and march during a vocabulary drill is multisensory instruction. This short video explains what real multisensory instruction looks, sounds, and feels like. True multisensory instruction strategically connects the content to the senses in a logical way.
  • Kappa Delta Pi says:
    It is so important to create a classroom that appeals to all of the senses of your students. Read this KDP New Teacher Advocate article by Jennifer C. Palumbo Maan for tips on how to do so!
  • Kappa Delta Pi says:
    Have you ever noticed how quickly your students forget the definitions to words on your vocabulary lists? This article provides guidelines for multisensory vocabulary instruction (such as carefully selecting your words, modeling activities first, and extending beyond the definition of the words), as well as great examples of fun and engaging multisensory activities that you can easily incorporate in your classroom!
  • Kappa Delta Pi says:
    This video demonstrates how teachers can use simple multisensory strategies in a vocabulary mini lesson through the use of pictures and strategic movements.