Welcome teachers! By now many of you have had experience with the new SBAC and PARCC summative assessments. My school was "lucky" enough to pilot the test during the 2013-2014 school year and one of my largest takeaways from that experience was the IMPORTANCE OF ACADEMIC VOCABULARY!
Students are exposed to so much academic vocabulary during the end-of-the-year tests that frequent vocabulary practice is no longer just recommended as best practice, but it is now critical to our students achieving success on their state-mandated summative tests.
Now if you're like me, you realize that the emphasis on state-mandated high-stakes testing has become completely out of control, but spending additional time introducing, practicing and assessing vocabulary throughout the year can have amazing results on your students' learning. The great thing about vocabulary practice is that it can pay HUGE dividends in ALL SUBJECT AREAS!
Whether you're studying math, social studies, science, art, writing or reading, increasing a student's working vocabulary can pay huge dividends in their overall academic growth. In my classroom, my students work daily with Greek and Latin roots along with common affixes (both prefixes and suffixes) in order to improve their reading comprehension. The fantastic thing about root and affix practice is that one word/affix can literally open up dozens of new words to each student. Talk about bang for your buck! :o)
The template below is the one that I use for my students on a daily basis. I created the template because I wanted a quick way to help my students organize their new vocabulary words in an easy-to-use manner. I'm a very big fan of foldables when it comes to vocabulary practice because it provides students with a quick study tool that allows them to be kinesthetic with their learning. Whether they are studying on their own or with a partner, the vocabulary template has had a TREMENDOUS EFFECT ON THE GROWTH OF MY STUDENTS.
Furthermore, the template provides the structure that many of my students needed to make sure that the creation of the vocabulary booklet didn't turn into a 30+ minute activity. The booklet itself is a take on the Frayer model (students will write the vocabulary word, definition, draw an illustration that depicts the word, highlight the root/affix (if applicable), and use the word in a sentence to show full understanding. By having my students engage with new words in a variety of ways, their retention and comprehension has vastly improved!
The best part is that once I have trained my students on how to create/use the vocabulary foldables, they become very efficient at creating new ones each week. Since I use the vocabulary foldables in most subjects, I typically will just print out a large quantity on various colors of printer paper so that the students can color-coordinate their vocabulary to a particular subject. However, this could be a simple matter of personal preference, so feel free to experiment and find which works best for you and your students.
The preview image that you see is an example of what a completed booklet might look like. I use this as an example for my class each year as I teach them the process of using the blank template to create their own vocabulary foldable.
I know that this is going to be a great resource for you and your students and please let me know how it worked out in your classroom! Thank you for viewing and I wish you a happy and fun school year!