Tier II Vocabulary Task Card Challenge II

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  1. Tier II Vocabulary consists of words that occur frequently in academic text. It is important that students understand Tier II words to improve their comprehension . Students may find these words when reading Science, Social Studies and English text and we can have a bigger impact on a students acad
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The task cards use Tier II Vocabulary words from 5th and 6th grade word lists. They are presented within the context of a small paragraph. The students complete tasks that include finding word meanings and answering comprehension questions. Although the vocabulary is from the 5th and 6th grade word lists, I have used them with older students who need supplemental help with vocabulary development. I used the words that made sense within the context of the paragraphs I wrote and it is not a full compilation. The cards are formatted to make several versions of cards depending on how they are folded.

Core State Standards put a strong emphasis on vocabulary words that occur frequently in academic text. These are referred to as Tier II Vocabulary. Students come across these words when reading Science, Social Studies and English text. Understanding Tier II words can improve comprehension of text especially starting at the 5th and 6th grade levels. We can have a bigger impact on a student’s academic performance when we concentrate on teaching them.

There are a total of 120 words used in the text. There are two sets of 16 sheets for a total of 32 sheets of task cards. Set 2 is a duplicate of Set 1 with the following differences.

Set 1 has the answers on cards 2&4 but they are scrambled and the student will need to find the correct answers from the list. These are marked with Find the Answer. Set 2 has the correct answers provided on 2 & 4 and is marked as Answers.

Each sheet has 4 cards with the following: Card 1 is the text passage with underlined vocabulary words. Card 2 includes the vocabulary words used in the text. Card 3 are comprehension questions from the text. Card 4 includes the answers to the comprehension questions.

Please look at the preview to see the layout.

The cards are placed on the sheets so you can choose to make double backed cards. For example card two (vocabulary meanings), folded to the back, would make a good backing for card 1 the (text).

You could also cut sections 2&4 off and make a double backed card with the card 1 (text) and the comprehension questions folded up to make the other side. You could keep all of them together and fold sections 2 & 4 back providing word meanings and answers to the comprehension questions on the back side. You can make them to meet your instructional needs.

Set 1 with the mixed answers will require a student’s thought process to get an answer. Set 2 provides answers for a flip side if you choose to make the cards part of a learning center and self checking. By making both sets I differentiate the instruction for different needs and methods of instruction.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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