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Smart Solutions for Sharpening Vocabulary Skills

There is nothing more tedious than the rote recitation of vocabulary and definitions as a mode of teaching vocabulary. I am constantly looking for new and inventive ways to teach vocabulary to my students, like asking students to circle unknown vocabulary words when reading poetry. Doing so not only increases reading fluency but levels the playing field, as almost every student can always participate in the activity. Here are some of my findings, as well as the methodology behind the madness.
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Smart Solutions for Sharpening Vocabulary Skills
  • Megan McClure says:
    Word Nerd is another great text detailing two teachers multi-sensory approach to weaving vocabulary instruction into the classroom.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Improving Adolescent Literacy is a must-have for every teacher. The source for the above-mentioned Vocab Square and Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart activities, this book offers a number of activities toward improving literacy and vocabulary knowledge, detailing how each can be implemented in every subject area.
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    Word Walls in the Secondary Classroom

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    Megan McClure says:
    Word Walls are a must for every classroom, and Word Walls in the Secondary Classroom serves as a how-to guide. This resource also outlines over two dozen activities to make Word Walls interactive.
  • Vocabulary Self- Awareness

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    Megan McClure says:
    The Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart is an empowering tool, especially for struggling readers. As students read a text, it is up to them to fill out the Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart, determining how well they know or do not know certain vocabulary found in the text.
  • Vocab Squares

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    Megan McClure says:
    I love using Vocab Squares and my students love using them, too. By placing the vocabulary word in the center box, students then fill in the rest of the squares. Vocab Squares are a holistic approach to learning vocabulary in that students learn word origins, draw a picture, find synonyms and antonyms over defining and using the word in a sentence. Vocabulary can be divided among the students and then shared with each other, further placing the ownership of learning in the hands of the students.
  • Megan McClure says:
    20 Vocabulary Lesson Ideas is a resource I turn to time and again, especially when I feel my other methods of vocabulary instruction are getting stale and I want to inject something fresh into my lessons.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Playing off the concept of placing a "Kick Me" sign on someone's back, this vocabulary activity not only gets kids thinking at a higher level but it gets them up and moving around the classroom.
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    11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

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    Megan McClure says:
    This article offers activities and tips for teaching vocabulary, all while staying within the confines of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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