KinderVocabulary: a vocabulary curriculum for primary learners
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What is KinderVocabulary?
KinderVocabulary Curriculum is an engaging vocabulary curriculum with young learners in mind! KinderVocabulary introduces and expands 250 vocabulary words throughout 50 weeks of lessons. The students are able to grow and develop their vocabularies with the use of KinderVocabulary’s systematic approach. Each week the students will be introduced to a new set of words and have an opportunity to apply their learning in a variety of hands-on, engaging activities.
What is the structure of KinderVocabulary?
It is important to know that KinderVocabulary is very versatile in that it can be implemented in three different ways. The way in which you decide to implement the curriculum is completely up to you and has no bearing on the overall success your students will achieve with KinderVocabulary. The first implementation option is pairing KinderVocabulary with my KinderLiteracy Curriculum
. KinderLiteracy gives students an opportunity to dig deeper within the context of 50 popular read aloud books. KinderVocabulary utilizes matching vocabulary lists so you can easily implement these activities alongside KinderLiteracy. The second implementation option would be to use KinderVocabulary with the matching paired read aloud texts listed here in the packet. This option works great if you are a teacher that is required to teach a big box curriculum and unable to use KinderLiteracy. You can choose to use the read aloud during your shared reading time or flex time. The students will have the context of the book, and you’ll be able to reflect back on the text and make connections as you utilize the KinderVocabulary curriculum. The third implementation option would be to use KinderVocabulary completely separate of any other curriculum or read aloud texts. These word lists and lessons do not require any type of read aloud in order for connections to be established. You would use the included KinderVocabulary “sets” version in which there is not mention of books in the lessons. Again, which implementation option you choose is completely up to you.
What is included in KinderVocabulary?
- 50 weeks of activities (see detailed description below)
- 250 covered words (see the detailed list below)
- 10 components for each week (see the detailed components below)
- Word lists
- Vocabulary journal labels
What components are included in KinderVocabulary?
A vocabulary illustration sheet is included. The students will be able to illustrate each of the weekly words.
Vocabulary journal prompts are included for all of the weekly words. You can choose between the journal prompts. The students will glue the journal prompt into their vocabulary journal and illustrate or write a response.
A vocabulary resource ring included a picture and word card for all of the weekly focus words. You can hole punch the cards and place them onto a metal binder ring. Use this ring as a mobile resource or add it into your writing center so students can apply the words in their writing.
A vocabulary word of the day poster and word of the day definition cards are included. You can display the word of the day or "password of the day" near your classroom door. The cards include the definition so they are great as well to use as a resource when introducing or reviewing the weekly words.
A mini vocabulary staple booklet is included for each week. The students have the word and definition on the booklet. They will cut out the booklet and illustrate a picture for each word.
Each week there are 4 vocabulary act it out cards. The teacher will lead the students in engaging the vocabulary words in a fun way.
Differentiated assessments are included each week. There is an included picture version and word version for advanced learners.
Each week two of the words are chosen to be the focus words. The students will work on the multiple meanings of these words. Real life picture cards are included for these two focus words (6 total cards each week).
An anchor chart sort is included for the two multiple meaning focus words. There are 8 total clip art image cards included each week to sort on an anchor chart, etc.
A cut and paste sort is included for the two focus words. The students will cut, sort and paste the clip art pictures.
PLEASE VIEW THE TPT PREVIEW AND VIDEOS HERE and HERE TO GET A FULL VISION OF THE PROGRAM!
HOW and WHEN can I use this curriculum in my busy day?
It is my true belief that this program can be implemented in as little as 5-10 minutes a day and as much as 15-20 minutes depending on your class schedule? WHEN
can you implement the program? Do you have a morning meeting time? You can easily introduce the weekly words here! Do you have a few flex minutes for a simple read aloud? You would only need to utilize the read aloud 1-2 times a week so that you could show students the vocabulary words in context! When students are going into the restroom, have them state the definition or action for the vocabulary words! Do you meet with guided reading groups? Integrating vocabulary instruction into your guided reading groups is very beneficial as well! A lot of the activities could be done independently-- possibly a new vocabulary center in your classroom this year! We know the great impact vocabulary instruction has on our kiddos so squeezing it in anyway possible is key!
What does the RESEARCH say about KinderVocabulary?
The lexicon of a young child can span from very basic terminology and understanding of the words in their native language to one that is rich, complex, and diverse. The question lies in how do we help our students transition from basic to complex? That answer lies in utilizing a curriculum that incorporates extended vocabulary instruction. This type of instruction provides students with opportunities to experience words beyond what is just printed on the page of a book. Coyne et al. (2009) explain that when students have a deeper understanding of word knowledge, they develop the ability to increase their comprehension of texts. They cite a study by Beck and McKeown that showed kindergarten and first grade students who received rich vocabulary instruction were able to make better interpretations of stories compared to their peers that had not. Extended vocabulary instruction allows students to scaffold preexisting knowledge they may have about words and exhibit their newfound knowledge across multiple contexts.
What words are included in KinderVocabulary?
**A note about the books you see listed below. These are the books from KinderLiteracy. Please see the detailed explanation above about the ways you can implement this program. The books are NOT necessary to use this program. You would merely teach the words in the sets below! The books are encouraged so you can teach the words in "context" but it doesn't change the impact this program can have on your kiddos!**
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Huggapotamus by Steve Metzger
Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Benard
Transportation in My Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons
Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
The Three Billy Goats by Paul Galdone
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy
Veterans Day by Elaine Landau
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
Look, Listen, Taste by Pamela Nettleton
Reindeer by Katie Marisco
Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
Penguins by Anne Schreiber
Ron’s Big Mission by Corrine Naden
Polar Bears by Laura Marsh
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Snakes by Melissa Stewart
Dinosaurs by Kathleen Zoehfeld
Moon by Melanie Mitchell
Storms by Miriam Goin
Ponies by Laura Marsh
Welcome to the World of Hares by Diane Swanson
Frogs by Elizabeth Carney
Seed to Plant by Kristin Rattini
Butterflies by Laura Marsh
Tigers by Laura Marsh
Helpers in My Community by Bobbie Kalman
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Dolphins by Melissa Stewart
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Jamie O’ Rourke by Tomie dePaola
Chicken Life Cycle by David Schwartz
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Hogwash by Karma Wilson
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
How I Became a Pirate by David Shannon
Spiders by Laura Marsh
Owls by Laura Marsh
Firefighters Help by Dee Ready
Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
The Story of the White House by Marge Kennedy
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
The book and word lists can also be downloaded in the TPT preview. Click the preview button, then in the far right corner hit the down arrow and the preview will download onto your computer!
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