Discover, Decode, Dissect, DEVELOP, Discuss, Define

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Freebies, Uncategorized, vocabulary, vocabulary development | 0 comments

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie

Knowledge Rating Chart created by Ann Fausnight

Knowledge Rating Chart created by Ann Fausnight

Today I want to look at how to develop new words in the classroom. When teaching content subjects , it is beneficial to students to have some introduction to new words before learning more about the topic.  Of course, the new vocabulary we want to develop may not be new to everyone. It is important to have an idea of how familiar your students are with any set of words. This is why I developed my “Know or No” strategy. This strategy allows students to rate their understanding of a word. Do they “know” it already? Or is their answer, “No”, I do not?

Another way to develop vocabulary is to use the List-Group-Label strategy. With this strategy student groups make lists of all the words they can think of related to a topic. The next step is to find words in the list that go together in some way. Lastly, they label the groups by how they are related. This both a good introductory and concluding vocabulary activity.

List - Group - LabelMy List-Group-Label product is free on TpT.

I also have a book of vocabulary development strategies available on TpT.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vocabulary-Development-Strategies-268011

This is such an important topic. I will be sharing more ideas over the coming months!

Ann

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