"Consider the following results from some seminal studies in the field:
- First-grade children from higher SES groups know about twice as many words as lower SES children (Graves, Brunetti, & Slater, 1982; Graves & Slater, 1987).
- High school seniors near the top of their class know about four times as many words as their lower-performing classmates (Smith, 1941).
- High performing third graders had vocabularies about equal to the lowest-performing twelfth graders (Smith, 1941).
And what's even more scary? Many scholars believe that, once established, differences in vocabulary knowledge are difficult to eliminate and as a result continue to manifest themselves as students move through school (Coyne, Simmons, & Kame’enui, 2004; Hart & Risley, 1995).
Yikes! Take a deep breath!
I like that it uses picture books that we all already use for read alouds. It pulls those Tier 3 words right from those books. I also pull in some Marzano....we post the words & play games with them weekly.
Speaking of Marzano....one of the hallmarks of vocabulary instruction is using graphic organizers. Marzano recommends vocab organizers include:
- the word
- student-generated definition
- visual representation
- synonym, antonym, or non-example of the word.
- Picture clues
- Prior knowledge
- Context clues
- Word parts
- If all else fails...the dictionary!
This activity is designed to introduce 5 words a week and then reintroduce those same 5 words the next week. The first week, the students learn how to read the words and define them. The next week the students go over those same words but practice answering standardized test questions that have those words in them!
And the best part? It's practically all set up for you!
Just print, laminate, make the copies, & you're ready to go!
These vocab packs are powerful ways to boost not just your kiddos vocabulary....but their comprehension, expression, and their success in testing situations!