If you are looking for a program to teach each of the Common Core Vocabulary Standards for your grade level in a literacy center, the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center
is just what you and your students
need. This full-year, twice-per-week program is specifically designed for grade-level, twenty-minute literacy centers.
The Common Core State Standards emphasize a balanced approach
to vocabulary development. The Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center includes 56 worksheets, along with vocabulary study guides, and biweekly unit tests
to help your students collaboratively practice and master these Common Core Standards:
Multiple Meaning Words and Context Clues (L.4.a.)
Greek and Latin Word Parts (L.4.a.)
Language Resources (L.4.c.d.)
Figures of Speech (L.5.a.)
Word Relationships (L.5.b.)
Academic Language Words (L.6.0)
Here’s a quick overview to show how your students will practice the Vocabulary Standards in the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center:
Multiple Meaning Words
Students practice grade-level homonyms (same spelling and sound) in context clue sentences which show
the different meanings and function (part of speech) for each word.
Greek and Latin Word Parts
Three criteria were applied to choose the grade-level prefixes, roots, and suffixes: 1. Frequency research 2. Utility for grade-level Tier 2 words 3. Pairing: Each odd-numbered vocabulary worksheet pairs a Greek or Latin prefix-root or root-suffix combination to enhance memorization and to demonstrate utility of the Greek and Latin word parts. For example, pre (before)
is paired with view (to see)
. Students use these combinations to make educated guesses
about the meaning of the whole word. This word analysis is critical to teaching students how to problem-solve the meanings of unknown words.
Students look up the Greek and Latin whole word in a dictionary (print or online) to compare and contrast their educated guesses to the denotative definition of the word. Students divide the vocabulary word into syl/la/bles, mark its primary áccent, list its part of speech, and write its primary definition.
Additionally, students write synonyms, antonyms, or inflected forms of the word, using either the dictionary or thesaurus
(print or online). This activity helps students develop a more precise understanding of the word.
Figures of Speech (L.5.a.)
Students learn a variety of figures of speech (non-literal expression used by a certain group of people). The Standards assign specific types of figures of speech to each grade level. Students must interpret sentences which use the figures of speech on the biweekly unit tests.
Word Relationships (L.5.b.)
Students use context clue strategies to figure out the different meanings of homonyms in our Multiple Meaning Words section. In the Word Relationships section, students must apply context clues strategies to show the different meanings of word pairs. The program’s S.A.L.E. Context Clues Strategies
will help students problem-solve the meanings of unknown words in their reading.
Students practice these context clue strategies by learning the categories of word relationships. For example, the vocabulary words, infection to diagnosis
, indicate a problem to solution
word relationship category.
Connotations: Shades of Meaning
Students learn two new grade-level vocabulary words which have similar denotative meanings, but different connotative meanings. From the provided definitions, students write these new words on a semantic spectrum to fit in with two similar words, which most of your students will already know. For example, the two new words, abundant
would fit in with the already known words, plentiful
in this semantic order: abundant–plentiful–scarce–rare
The Common Core authors write a helpful explanation of why Tier 2 words (academic vocabulary) should be the focus of vocabulary instruction. Many of these words will be discovered and learned implicitly or explicitly in the context of challenging reading, using appropriately leveled independent reading, such as grade-level class novels and specific reading strategies, such as close reading with shorter, focused text.
However, direct instruction of high utility and high frequency academic vocabulary is certainly worthwhile. The Academic Language section of the vocabulary worksheets provides two grade-level words from the research-based Academic Word List. Students use the four square (definition, synonym, antonym, and example-characteristic-picture) method to learn these words. The Common Core authors and reading specialists (like me) refer to this process as learning vocabulary with depth of instruction.
All the literacy center support materials are included: Group Norms Poster, Leadership Roles Poster, Literacy Center Signs, Literacy Center Task Cards, and 10 Rotation Options. Plus, easy-to-follow directions to ensure their success. Students self-correct their vocabulary worksheets from the answers provided to learn from their mistakes
Your students will measurably grow
their vocabularies with the vocabulary practice found in the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center.
For teachers, opting for a non-literacy center approach to vocabulary instruction, the same resources (and more) are included in the author’s grades 4–8 Common Core Vocabulary Toolkits
and in the grades 4–8 Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary BUNDLES
Check out our six grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
These full-year, twice-per-week, twenty-minute literacy centers provide rigorous, CCSS standards-based instruction.
Grade-level Academic Literacy Centers
1. Reading Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
2. Writing Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
3. Language Conventions Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
4. Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
5. Spelling and Syllabication Academic Literacy Center Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
6. Study Skills Academic Literacy Center Grades 4−8
Make sure to check out the special value-priced, grade-level Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
with all six full-year literacy centers.
Academic Literacy Center BUNDLES
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 4 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 5 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 6 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 7 BUNDLE
Academic Literacy Centers Grade 8 BUNDLE
Also, check out our four Remedial Literacy Centers
. Each center provides comprehensive diagnostic and formative assessments with corresponding literacy center lessons. These full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week remedial centers fit perfectly within the group rotations provided with the Academic Literacy Centers:
Remedial Literacy Centers
1. Remedial Spelling Literacy Center
2. Remedial Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Literacy Center
3. Phonics Literacy Center
4. Sam and Friends Guided Reading Phonics Books
Make sure to check out the special value-priced Remedial Literacy Centers BUNDLE
. Help your students catch up
while they keep up
with grade-level instruction.
All 6 grade-level Academic Literacy Centers and all 4 Remedial Literacy Centers work nicely with the 10 literacy center rotations which you will see in your free download. Each rotation reflects four-days-per-week centers with 40, 60, 80, and 100-minute class time allocations. This is a flexible program; pick what works best for you and your students.
You and your students will love these literacy centers!