Sunday, August 10, 2014

Building Academic Vocabulary

Yikes! Vocabulary!  What a scary word!  Students hate it and teachers don't love to teach it, but the truth is…it's one of the most important parts of learning!  With the Common Core in FULL force, it is crucial that we teach our students how to decode text and words so they can put them into meaning!

My school site does A LOT of vocabulary training…we are a Title I school, which means lots of English Learners.  As if learning English weren't difficult enough, now we have to throw multiple meaning words at them!!  Ahhh!!

We also talk a lot about our friend, Marzano, guru of all things vocab!!  I am sharing with you today Marzano's six-step process for teaching and building academic vocabulary FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS AND ABILITIES!!

Here are some posters I made for the Critical Words for the CCSS (according to Marilee Sprenger).  I made these posters to hang throughout my classroom, so I have easy access to reference when I need it.    It is very crucial to teach these critical nouns and verbs to our students…these are the most common words they will get hung up on when they go to take a standardized test!  The posters include 49 printer-friendly, easy-to-read vocabulary terms in KID-FRIENDLY LANGUAGE!  I used the awesome Learner's Dictionary for most definitions.

As a BONUS, I have included 51 of the most common Tier II vocabulary terms.  These are mainly for grades 6-8, but below I have included a K- 8 monthly vocab lists for free!  Tier II words are words that are not domain (or subject) specific.  For example, take the word origin.  In all subject areas, the word means the point or place where something begins or is created.  In math, when graphing, this is the point we always begin, called the origin.  In social science, it may refer to where a particular group of people came from.  Either way, the definition does not change.  Because of this, it is super easy to use these Tier II words across the curriculum.  More exposure + multiple contexts = learned vocabulary!

Here is an up-close view of what the posters look like.  To spruce it up, simply print on bright colored paper.  You can even color code :)

Yay!!  Free stuff!!  Here are some materials I found to be particularly useful :)