Provide students with rich vocabulary every day.
Students will never learn new vocabulary if they don’t hear it and use it on a regular basis. As teachers, we need to try and use rich vocabulary as often as possible to give students more exposure. I like to throw in vocabulary words into our morning message.
Know which words to teach your students.
I’m sure you have heard about Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 vocabulary words. Tier 1 words are your basic words (cat, ball, cup, etc.). Tier 2 words are your high frequency/multiple meaning words that often occur in literature and adult conversations (absurd, coincidence, embellish, etc.) Tier 3 words are your content or subject based words that are not used very frequently. These are vocabulary words that students may find in science books. Direct vocabulary instruction is best for Tier 2 words. These are going to allow students to expand their reading and oral vocabularies.
Another idea is to place Tier 2 words into a Word Jar and randomly pick a new word for each day.
These are great ways to make sure you are teaching students vocabulary words that they will be able to use in their every day lives.
What are your favorite ways of teaching vocabulary in your classroom?
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The more hands-on my students can be the better. I love to get them up out of their seats and working with other students. Games are a great way to review skills or to fill those extra minutes that you have in the day. I always have plenty of games copied and ready to go. Whenever I see a need for a change of pace, I can grab a game out of my drawer, and we are ready to practice our learning.
Use manipulatives as much as possible. Students want to get their hands on things. I use manipulatives in math as often as possible.
We made gumball machines at one of our stations. I bought a package of paint dobbers and my students put 100 dots on their paper plates. Then, they filled in the bottom of their gumball machine.