Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (Part One)

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (Part One)

The Proof is in the Research

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
This is why we need to implement vocabulary 
throughout the day.  American children struggle with comprehension.  If we strengthen their knowledge of words throughout the day we will strengthen their response skills on tests and beyond.  Every teacher wants a well rounded student and we are about to explore an easy way to see amazing results!

What Is Tiered Vocabulary?

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
There are three tiers in vocabulary.  Tier I is vocabulary that students use in every day conversation.  Tier I isn't taught and is natural for students to understand.  Tier II consists of academic words.  These are words that can be found on standardized tests.  Tier II words can be daunting and make test questions confusing to young minds.  Tier III words are words that are very specific to a certain discipline as in the word photosynthesis.

Let's Review Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III in a Fun Way!

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Our Focus- Tier II

Tier II words will be our focus in the classroom.  With the knowledge of Tier II words students will be able to read tests with ease.  They will understand what they are reading and therefore becoming successful throughout!  Now...... what words will you choose?  That is entirely up to you.  In many districts there is vocabulary that needs to be front-loaded due to assessment needs.  In other classrooms you have choice.  Whatever your case may be, the use of the following templates will be helpful.  (Below:  Remember the difference between Tier II and Tier III words.  Using the word 'observe' - As a Tier II word it would mean to notice or see.  The Tier III meaning for would be linked to Science as part of the experimentation process.)
Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
 

 When Choosing Words

Remember to use words that can be used throughout the day.  You want to include them in your writing word banks and class conversations.  No one knows your class better than you!  If you would like guidance in getting started, use these differentiated K-3 vocabulary lists.  Remember that these are just suggestions! (I've included one word per week for K and 1st grade and 2 words per week for 2nd and 3rd grade.)
Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

Vocabulary Through Read Alouds

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
The easiest way to introduce a new word to your class is through a read aloud.  Choose a book that you love!  When you are looking through the book for Tier II words you will be amazed by all of the rich vocabulary you find.  When you find a word ask yourself these questions:  Can students use the words in conversation?  Can they connect to the word?  Can it be defined in an age appropriate way?  As you find books that you would like to use, mark them with a sticky note for yearly use!

Introduce Your Vocabulary Word

Let the word be introduced naturally through the read aloud.  Don't tell students about the word prior to the read aloud.  While reading you can pause and wonder about the word.  Allow students to use their reading strategies (word in context) to figure out the definition.  This practice will create confident students that aren't afraid of 'big' words (especially on tests). 
Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
This is one of my favorite series of books.  My students in turn love them too!  They are always so engaged that they don't even worry about the difficult vocabulary in the text.  I chose the word 'absurd' from the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover.  Together we used our vocabulary guide after reading the book and chose (student created) "foolish, crazy, strange" as our definition for the word absurd.  We all wrote down the word and definition and then moved onto the independent portion of the vocabulary.  Students are then expected to illustrate using the vocabulary word.  I teach 1st grade at a Title 1 school and look at the creative illustrations that I received this day!  The one student doesn't even speak English at home which makes this even more amazing!
Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
 We use the "more" box for numerous things.  This day we chose to use antonyms.  In the past we used the word 'reservation' as our vocabulary word.  The context in which we used the word led to the definition of 'having doubt'.  Later in the year we were learning about Native Americans and one of my students said, "Reservation has more than one meaning!"  We pulled out our vocabulary notebooks, found the page with the word 'reservation' and added another definition under the 'more' section.  It would have blown their minds to tell them about making reservations at a restaurant wouldn't it? (smile)  Teachers should review the illustrations for understanding before going any further.  There are times where a word needs to be re-addressed or students may need assistance.

Free Resource At Your Hands

Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)
 I created this vocabulary template to be used with interactive notebooks.  The 1/2 sheet fits nicely on a composition notebook page and is easy for students to handle.  Come over to my website (Campfire Curriculum) for a free download!  Many more free templates are coming your way as this post series continues! 

 

 

 

Will It Work?

It will work!!!  Here are a few examples that happened most recently in my classroom.  

Teacher Win #1:  My student was given the paragraph below to read on the announcements in honor of Black History Month.  The paragraph (as you can see) is quite extensive and scary to a first grader.  I handed him the script and asked him to give it a try.  The young man looked it over for a moment and said, "We're going to have to summarize this!"  Summarize had been one of our vocabulary words.

Teacher Win #2:  We were taking a math test on estimation.  I taught my students to compare when estimating.  If a student was trying to guess the number of students in a neighboring class they would compare it to our own class.  Well the day of the test one of my students had a forlorn look on her face and her hand was raised.  When I came over to her she was stuck on the question that asked, "How old do you estimate your friend's mother is?"  The student said to me, "I can't answer this question.  I don't have schema for it!  I don't know how old my mother is!"  

Have high expectations for your students.  Believe me they will reach beyond what you think is possible!
Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)



















Try and Tell

Let us know how it works for you!  Do you have a success story to tell?  A book that was rich in vocabulary that you want to tell us about?  Tell everyone about your "Teacher Wins"!  We want to hear them!  Don't forget to stay tuned........ this is the first in a series of vocabulary posts.  In the posts to come, you will learn how to implement vocabulary into behavior management, small groups, whole group, and more tricks to help you teach vocabulary with ease!  Until then..... have a stupendous day! (I did it again.... haha!)




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Research says children that struggle with comprehension also struggle with vocabulary.  Wouldn't you like to have your quick and easy ways to expand your students' vocabulary and also strengthen their overall comprehension? Sowing The Seeds Of Vocabulary (the first in a series) will walk you through understanding and implementing vocabulary in your classroom.  Read this post and your students will thank you profusely. (See what I did there?)

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