Vocabulary Development (all grades)
Rationale: Children need motivating ways to learn and retain new vocabulary at their own level. These activities ensure that students explore ideas at a level that builds on their own prior knowledge and motivates them to learn independently.
Benchmarks: Language Arts/Reading
DI Strategy: Anchor activity; Tiered Assignment
Differentiate What? Readiness and Interest
Differentiate How? Content, Process and Product
Prepared copies of vocabulary strategies (see those included)
Vocabulary logs or notebooks for students to record strategies
Teacher preparation: The teacher models a variety of research-based vocabulary strategies. Teachers may use the templates included with this activity or students may make their own.
Explanation of activity: This can be used as a daily Anchor
Activity. Students select words from the novel they are currently
reading. The novel could be an Accelerated Reader book, a literature
circle novel, or a novel the whole class is studying. Students need
to understand that when they complete a given assignment, they must automatically
move to an anchor activity and work on that activity with care and concentration.
The following choices will be given from research-based vocabulary strategies:
a. Frayer Model
b. Using Sentence Stems to Describe a Word
c. Writing Your Own Definition
Duration: Approximately 20-30 minutes per day
Teacher's Role: The teacher will be free during this activity to work with individual students or small groups.
Editor's Note: For more detailed information on the Vocabulary Project, see <http://www.tandl.leon.k12.fl.us/lang/Voc_Project_00_01.pdf>
Madeleine Rehder and Joy Glass
Kate Sullivan Elementary
NAME___________________________ DATE ____________
Definition (in own words)
Draw a picture
Examples (from own life)
Non-examples (from own life)
USING SENTENCE STEMS TO DESCRIBE A WORD
HOW CAN I DESCRIBE THIS WORD?
Itís kind of like a _______________________________________________.
It looks like a __________________________________________________.
Itís when you __________________________________________________.
Itís where you go to ____________________________________________.
It smells like __________________________________________________.
You use it when you ____________________________________________.
WRITING YOUR OWN DEFINITION
DEFINITION WORD CHART
Things I know about the word:
General category this word might belong in:
Examples or other related words: