These vocabulary credit cards are the perfect incentive to get your kids to learn Tier Two words.
Tier Two-are words that are more sophisticated than everyday words and are those words that increase a speaking and writing vocabulary through reading lots of books! They are the words that make you sound “smart” and are definitely needed to expand one’s vocabulary.
Tier Three-are words that are content specific, harder to find in everyday life.
Tier One are everyday, basic and familiar words.
We need to teach vocabulary to our students and this is a way to engage your students by interacting with the words you teach.
Here’s how it works:
You have introduced no more than five words (Tier Two) from a read a loud, topic that you are studying or a book they are reading in small group. You could try using content specific words but it may be much more challenging to find those words in everyday life.
Here is an example of Tier Two words:
extraordinary flabbergasted diligent studious satisfy
You need to use those words in your speaking vocabulary and encourage them to do so.
You have had the kids learn their meanings and done different activities with them but NOW you will challenge them to find the words outside of school. This could be through television, on the radio, newspapers, overhearing conversations or using them in conversations. The idea is for them to report back exactly how the word was used and where they heard or saw it. You would be surprised how much kids love this and become so much more aware of words around them. Once they have told you and it seems legitimate, then you punch a hole into their vocabulary credit card on the perimeter. You can decide what the reward for so many hole punches would be. It may be if they get to six hole punches they get to skip homework for a night. You can be as creative as you want and you can determine at what point the rewards will kick in!
Once they get around the entire card, a big prize is in store-your decision!
This idea comes from Creating Robust Vocabulary
by Beck & McKeown
According to the authors, when you are selecting words to teach and help to make those words “stick” with your kids, you want to think of words that have “mileage”. This means that they could be used in many contexts or have multiple meanings or you may want to think about how useful the word might be in a person’s vocabulary repertoire. For more great ideas on teaching vocabulary, check out their book and their other book, Bringing Words to Life.
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