Why Vocabulary Instruction?First off, let’s discuss why we incorporate learning vocabulary into our curriculum. Well, it’s obvious. It builds our own vocabulary. We sound smarter. We sound intelligent. We sound like we actually know what we’re talking about. We study the root of the word which helps us learn other related words.
Learning vocabulary allows our brains to think at a higher level, to be able to read more challenging text, and to understand the text more easily. Learning to build our vocabulary is essential for any mental growth, especially at the middle and high school level.
So, if my students hate copying terms and definitions, just to memorize them and forget their meaning after I test them on it, what else can I do? How can I be more efficient and effective at this?
- Your Words List: This file contains a basic working list of vocabulary terms and definition. The actual vocabulary word is given a specific color. The actual vocabulary word is located on the left and the definition and parts of speech are to be filled in by your students. Both sides are a textbook and is easy to complete.
- Vocabulary Organizer: This file resembles a 5x10 table. The first column is again colored and designed for imputing the working list of vocabulary words. The rest of the table, which are text boxes, are for your students to input the definition, part of speech, synonym, antonym and an image or icon representing the word.
- The Roots: This file helps students understand how vocabulary words are related to a root word. Students input the root word and definition on the truck of the tree, which is the background image of the page, and find related words, which are located on the roots of the trees.
- Need help with inputting images from the Internet? I’ll provide a tech-tip below