How well do your students understand the vocabulary they are learning?
When addressing vocabulary in my lessons, students will often tell me that they know what a word means, however after further investigation, I find that they can actually only provide a very vague description or application of the word. I needed to find a better way for them to express their true understanding and then help them increase their knowledge and confidence in word meanings.
I wanted to give my students a tangible, hands-on way of expressing themselves when talking about vocabulary knowledge. That’s why I created this product! It has become the most used “tool” in my therapy room and I’ve tweaked it over time with the help of my students. The more I use it, the more I realize how effectively it allows my students to figure out where they stand with their familiarity of vocabulary. It is rewarding to see them move the needle on The Vocab-Meter from 0 or 1 to 3 or 4 during a therapy session. It provides my students with valuable, visual feedback!
The Vocab-Lab consists of three tools and is designed for use with a wide range of ages/ability levels! Younger students will find it easy to use and understand. Older students will be pleased to see that it is simple yet not juvenile---an effective and functional way for all of your students to learn vocabulary!
1--The Vocab-Meter is designed as a multi-sensory rating scale consisting of a range of colors with coinciding numbers and written cues. The color range includes red, orange, yellow, light green and dark green with a number scale of 0 to 4.
Prep your Vocab-Meter according to the directions on each page, then get ready to use this tool over and over all year long! Let your students determine which color and number the arrow should point to, according to their level of understanding of each vocabulary word you address. It will be very rewarding for both you and your students to see the “needle move” to a better rating and closer to green, after you “dig deeper” to learn words.
2--The Vocab-Wheel can be used to pre-teach vocabulary in a passage or any new vocabulary you are introducing in an activity.
3--Use The Vocab Rating Scale to visually organize and keep track of the words your students are learning. Use it to collect data and note progress or let your students use it to keep account of the new words they are learning.
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