What does the research say about vocabulary instruction?
Research states that …one of the five essential components of reading instruction is vocabulary (Mancilla-Martinez & Lesaux, 2010), and that the continuous deficit in vocabulary knowledge…represents a major obstacle to academic achievement in vital areas such as reading comprehension… (August, Carlo, Dressler, & Snow, 2005). This vocabulary deficit is so large that it will take a multiyear approach of vocabulary instruction to substantially impact [this deficit](Biemiller, 1999); (Nagy, 2005).
What should we do about vocabulary instruction?
…vocabulary instruction should be multi-faceted, teaching of individual words, development of word learning strategies [i.e. use of context clues], fostering of word consciousness [i.e. prefix, root, and suffix]…(Baumann, Ware, & Edwards, 2007; Graves, 2006). This is called the Multi-faceted Vocabulary Instruction Program (MCVIP).
…limit focus on dictionary definitions and support instruction that presents words in a variety of contexts, provides multiple exposures, and promotes students’ active processing of new meanings (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2013; Stahl & Fairbanks, 1986).
This Interactive Vocabulary Quarter 1 Unit will assist students in the process of learning and thus transferring the use of vocabulary words to a variety of content areas.
This interactive vocabulary unit is one of four units to a year-long vocabulary packet. Each unit covers one instructional quarter.
Each vocabulary list contains 20 vocabulary words: 10 academic vocabulary words, 5 content-related vocabulary words, and 5 figurative language terms for a total of 80 vocabulary words for each quarter.
Each vocabulary quarter unit contains:
4 two-week teacher’s guides
4 vocabulary lists (20 words each)
12 vocabulary activities with answer keys
80 vocabulary cards for word wall
80 student vocabulary flap cards for interactive vocabulary notebook
4 vocabulary word wall activities
4 vocabulary games
4 writing activities
4 summative assessment sheets with answer keys
This resource is aligned with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA.RL. 2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
CCSS.ELA.RI. 2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical, meanings.
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