This vocabulary curriculum set for second grade includes eight weeks of vocabulary instruction, lesson plans, activities, discussions, word play games, digital and printable books, passages, synonym and antonym sorts, writing response printables for vocabulary and word application, word guides for the teacher, vocabulary cards for vocabulary notebooks, research and rationale guides, and assessments!
This resource will expose your students to a wide variety of Tier 2 vocabulary words in order to help them build skills for oral language, writing, reading, and real-world experiences. Each lesson can be completed within twenty minutes, and offers the teacher flexibility and differentiation along the way!
Your students will build essential skills in the areas of:
• oral language skills for discussions, conversations, and speaking in complete sentences
• real-world experiences and connections to books and passages
• Tier 2 vocabulary skills and essential understandings for Tier 2 words with multiple meanings, synonyms, antonyms, how to use words correctly within context, and more!
This Vocabulary Curriculum Set for Second Grade
is part of a Year-Long Bundle! Find the BUNDLE by clicking HERE
The four vocabulary sets within the bundle can also be found separately:
• Vocabulary Curriculum for Second Grade SET 1
• Vocabulary Curriculum for Second Grade SET 2
• Vocabulary Curriculum for Second Grade SET 3
• Vocabulary Curriculum for Second Grade SET 4
Five detailed and descriptive “Master Lesson Plans” are used each week to help you facilitate the vocabulary instruction and activities. In addition, an At-A-Glance Weekly Guide and a Teacher Word Guide are included each week. These pages will give you a quick glimpse of your weekly words, your day-to-day activities, and important vocabulary information such as kid-friendly definitions, example sentences, synonyms, antonyms, and multiple meanings (when applicable).
Is this curriculum based in research?
YES! A four-page Research and Rationale guide is included in the resource and in the free preview file for your convenience. A complete list of vocabulary research citations has also been included so that you can see what I read and used in my own vocabulary research over the past three years.
“What is the weekly vocabulary routine?”
Day 1: Introduction
You will introduce a very short reading passage to your students. The passage is set up as a “cloze text.” After completing a quick word prediction activity, you will share the week’s new focus words with your students. Then, the students will help you place the week’s focus words into the context of the story. Detailed and descriptive “Teacher Discussion Questions” are included for Day 1. These discussion questions help you explain each word’s meaning and its relation to the text. It also includes prompts and word play games that help students connect the vocabulary to their own lives. I recommend writing the short passage on sentence strips and placing them in a pocket chart. This helps the students interact directly with the text and physically manipulate the word cards. If you prefer not to do so, a projectable page is provided for you. Student copies of the passage are included if you would like students to fill in the words on their own throughout the lesson.
Day 2: Story Time
Your students will gather to listen to a short read-aloud booklet that puts the focus words into a new context and situation. The book is provided in a digital format so that you can project it onto your screen for the class to follow along. (Printable versions are included, too. Digital booklets open on any device that has Microsoft PowerPoint installed on it.) Seeing and hearing the words in a new situation and scenario helps the students to make connections between the words and better understand each word’s meaning (and multiple meaning, if applicable). Once again, detailed teacher language and discussion questions are provided. After the read-aloud, your students will complete a quick writing response activity. The writing prompt is connected to the read-aloud topic and helps students apply the words they are learning to their real lives.
Day 3: Connections
It’s synonym and antonym day! Today, you and your students will complete one of two activities. You can choose to revisit the story from Day 1 and replace the week’s focus words with synonyms and antonyms. Or, you can complete a synonym and antonym word sort together using the word cards. Your students will be exposed to MANY wonderful Tier 2 words through these activities! An optional student copy of the word sort is included. This would make a great small group activity, or the printable can be completed by the students as you are working through the lesson together.
Day 4: Word Play
A vocabulary word play menu is included within each set. This menu contains different hands-on activities to help your students “play” with and use the words they are learning. Each set includes new word play activities! The following vocabulary games and activities are included:
•Word Theater -Students will orally create a story or “play” that uses the week’s focus words, synonyms, and/or antonyms using character sticks with a partner or a small group.
•Word Chat -Students will assign each focus word to a picture card that they think best represents the word’s meaning.
•Word Chant -Students will participate in a word rap to practice synonyms, antonyms, and definitions.
Day 5: Application
Your students will complete a “Sentence Stem” writing activity. Sentence starters have been provided for each of the week’s focus words. Your students will complete the sentence in order to practice using the sentence correctly and within the appropriate situation. This activity also helps your students apply the words to their own lives, and truly “own” the words!
What else is included?
• Optional Quick Sketch Assessments are included each week. These can be used to assess your students’ understanding of the words, or, used as an additional activity.
• Optional cloze assessments are provided.
• Label the Photograph printable – This activity is a printable version of the “Word Chat” activity and can even be used as an assessment. The students will cut, label, and glue a word to each picture that he or she believes best shows the word’s meaning.
• Vocabulary Word Cards – Use the word cards on a Vocabulary Word Wall within your classroom to show off all of the great Tier 2 words you and your students are learning, or, use them in personal vocabulary notebooks.
You can use as many lessons as you want each week or as few as you would like! One of the beautiful parts of this program is the flexibility it provides. If you have a short week, you can easily pick and choose the lessons that work best for your students. It can also be as “rigid” as you would like by sticking to the detailed plan. While I cannot give an exact time frame for each lesson plan due to varied classroom structures, management, student needs, etc., you should plan on roughly 15-20 minutes a day for your vocabulary routine.
I strongly encourage you to download the free PREVIEW FILE to learn how this curriculum works and how easy it is to teach!
A SAMPLE WEEK has been included in the preview so that you can better see the learning activities. Additional FAQs have also been included in the preview file for your convenience.
This vocabulary resource is part of a vertical curriculum for Grades K-6!
Click HERE to find the vocabulary curriculum resources for Grades 3-6
Click HERE to find the Kindergarten Curriculum
Click HERE to find the First Grade Curriculum
I am very excited to share this vocabulary resource with you and I hope you find it to be a wonderful instructional tool for your classroom! If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please contact me via email at email@example.com and I would be more than happy to help! I sincerely thank you for joining me in this vocabulary journey and I hope you and your students have so much fun with it!
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