Engaging Vocab Development




Vocab and children's books go hand in hand!

One of my favorite vocab strategies to teach students new words is the Frayer model it is interactive and engaging and you can tailor it and extend it to your student's needs it is an EXCEPTIONAL resource.


In the month of April we celebrate Earth day!


I couldn't think about a better way to introduce the question "How can we protect and save our earth" than reading water protectors. But before reading this book to my student I would have to do some vocab instruction as well as front load information to support them with making connections.


It is important that before any lesson or read aloud we plan. Planning is key you should

always pre-read the book and select words that student may not understand or need clarification on to understand the story. While you are pre reading the story you can create a list of words that you may want to focus on then you can use the vocab matrix to narrow down your list to 5-10 words for unit. I chose to focus on 5 words for this unit. Protector, sacred, nourish, spoil, and destroy.



"In order to frontload this vocabulary with students you can use the fryer model. And this is how:"

First create a PowerPoint or any type of visual with the Vocab word and a picture Allow students to brainstorm and share their ideas of what the word means. Once students have shared their ideas then you can share a student friendly definition. Students will chorally recite the word and definition 3x before copying it to their graphic organizer. after students have the definition you can now encourage students to brainstorm examples of the word. For the word Sacred students talked about rosaries, jewelry, and traditions. Then we went into non-examples and also brainstormed ideas of things that are not sacred. At the end students were able to draw a picture of what the word sacred meant to them. This practice allows students to interact with the word in various ways through, repetition, making connections to real life, non-examples / examples art, and using the words in their own sentences.


After going over the new vocab words, you can also create TPR movements so that you can review and recite vocab words with definitions and movements each morning before beginning our work on this unit.

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