According to research on vocabulary, we should be teaching BOTH direct vocabulary and vocabulary strategies. When students are reading, they will come across many unknown words. Why not jump on the opportunity for them to increase not only their vocabulary, but strengthen their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills too? This resource is just what you need to help students gain some life long skills of being able to determine the meaning of vocabulary words in a text through an assortment of vocabulary strategies (24 strategies all together). These vocabulary strategies will help them to develop the skills needed to crack the code to vocabulary words they come across while they read throughout the year.
Please note, this resource is just the strategy cards and graphic organizers from my Vocabulary Strategies: Detective Training Academy unit that includes numerous resources to teach these strategies effectively throughout the year. View the bigger unit with high scoring feedback here.
Nuts & Bolts of It:
This unit teaches vocabulary strategies such as various context clues in depth and more, so students can have the skills to determine the meaning of those words as they read. It is not meant to replace direct vocabulary instruction, where you target specific words from a book. Keep doing that, but instead, this focuses on vocabulary strategies. Students will build their vocabulary through applying the strategies as they read. It is a complement to your guided reading, small groups, or reading workshop. You would basically reinforce them like word decoding strategies. Students then apply the strategies on their own during independent reading (includes tools to keep them focused and on task). I recommend you initially introduce each vocabulary strategy during whole group instruction, then you can review them in small groups to differentiate instruction with them.
This resource started when I thought about how I would like to have some graphic organizers for vocabulary during independent reading because I wanted the option for a student to select their own books (another thing research says students should be doing) and the ability to glean vocabulary words from those books. I broke out the professional development resources and got to work. Each vocabulary strategy has been very carefully worded and revised many times over to get it just right. Despite all the hours of work, this has been my favorite resource to create by far. I also feel this unit serves a bigger purpose because so many students and adults are lacking these skills. I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope that translates to higher student engagement and ultimately impacts students to become better readers.
•Vocabulary Strategy Cards for Students (Choice of Color or Black & White)
•24+ No Prep Graphic Organizers with journal cover (Option to use solo as no prep, add in a large folder, or use in a pocket folder)
•Vocabulary Extension Activities
What is Covered with the Strategies? All of the strategies have a FUN, Catchy Case Name. I am just going to explain the concepts that are covered here.
•Stopping to Look at Unknown Words
•Asking Questions about Unknown Words
•Using Prior Knowledge
•Using Picture Clues
•Context Clues (This is taught as an overview and broken down into many separate strategies such as reading on for more clues, examples, antonyms, etc.)
•Using a Dictionary
•Using a Glossary
•Using Online Resources
•When It is OK to Ask for Help
•Reusing Vocabulary Words
•Looking out for Vocabulary Words in Other Books
*This unit spans from first grade to third grade. You may not find all the strategies usable for your grade level. In my professional opinion, twenty strategies work for first grade. All 24 strategies can be used for second grade. Twenty-two of the strategies work for second grade. Of course, you can do things differently. No matter what, you got tools to differentiate if needed. Third grade, please note, it does not cover figurative language at this time.
*This resource, Vocabulary Strategies, comes in a non-editable, secured pdf due to copyright restrictions with the clipart. Thank you for your understanding with this.
Extra Materials Needed:
•Optional: Pocket folders with prongs or large clasp envelopes
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This resource for vocabulary strategies is for personal use only and one license is a single user license for one teacher. I give glory to God for the inspiration and creativity that went into creating this unit.
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