In order to develop more robust vocabulary instruction, I've created a packet of interactive notebook activities to coincide with my reading units. Each week my vocabulary instruction follows the same format to provide consistency and easy to follow routines. I've tied my vocabulary program into my Reading Workshop units, but this can be used with any reading curriculum. All of the words I selected are Tier 2 words from the picture books I use as mentor texts in my reading units. In this program, students will learn six new words each week.
The first few pages of the notebooks are used for a general word bank. I have students glue-in pages to the journals which helps them organize new and interesting words that they find as they read throughout the year.
The next few pages include a word bank for prefixes and suffixes. Once again I have students glue-in these pages in their journals, and this is where students can add new words with various prefixes or suffixes.
The remainder of the pages include weekly lessons.
-The first page of the weekly lesson is a poster with the cover of the book used as the mentor text and a large print list of the vocabulary words. These posters may be displayed in the room for students to reference.
-The following page is a set of cards that can be used for a word wall and/or vocabulary games that allow students to review previously learned vocabulary words.
-The vocabulary handout should be glued to the left side of the journal. This is where students will write the definition and a sentence using the word.
-The Lift the Flap Entry should be glued to the corresponding page to the right. This is where students will write examples and non examples, as well as draw a visual representation of the word.
-There is a weekly quiz for each set of words. These are the SAME quizzes as the ones on my reading units.
At the end of the file, you will also find a collection of vocabulary games.