In a time where all of our administrators want to see DATA...these forms will help you collect data AND use that data in a meaningful way to plan instruction to meet the needs of the individual students in your classroom.
These forms help you organize a record of each child's reading and writing vocabularies.
I highlight and/or write in words that my students show evidence of knowing in reading and writing. This goes beyond a word list - I keep track of what they know when engaged with meaningful texts.
Known words in Writing Vocabulary
The writing vocabulary form is blank, and you will record words he/she can write independently through observation during small group, conferencing, and journals and/or writer's workshop.
This form can help you notice transfer (or lack of transfer) between reading/writing vocabularies so you can plan interventions.
Known words in Reading Vocabulary
The reading vocabulary form has several versions:
1. Blank (You can start from scratch and record words you observe the child reading or you could write in your district word list)
2. Fry's first 25 words
3. Fry's first 50 words
4. Fry's first 75 words
5. Fry's first 100 words
I have found this to be such a valuable resource to have when in small-group or conferencing one-on-one in reading and/or writing. In fact, I’m not sure what I was doing before I started using these. I was using the district checklist of high-frequency words, and this was assessed simply on a word list. That was all I knew to do at the time! Now, I am always looking for my students to show me what they know. I add new words while we are reading/writing together and it makes so much more sense in my mind! Don’t we really want to know what they can do when engaged with meaningful text rather than with a list of words?