The importance of vocabulary is seen in about the fourth grade, when reading moves from the basal reader into subject matter texts. The problems of limited vocabulary begin to negatively impact comprehension. This is especially true in science where the vocabulary becomes increasingly technical. Children must be able to use vocabulary in a meaningful manner. This requires a depth of understanding of the vocabulary that goes beyond recognition of the word. The linguistic approach to vocabulary understanding is both efficient and meaningful. It’s efficiency lies in the fact that mastery of a relatively small number of affixes and roots results in the understanding of a vast amount of terminology.
• A pocket chart with four columns and five rows
• Word part cards printed on cardstock and cut out
• Cards with the money amounts printed and cut out and placed in order on the chart
• Index cards
• Play money
• Students’ textbooks from various subjects