•Students must learn 3,000 words per year by 3rd grade. •Only 400 words a year are directly taught by teachers. •Academic demands are high •Everyday speech consists of only 5,000- 7,000 words. The books that young children are able to read are intended to help them practice their reading skills rather than build their vocabulary. While we can use these books to build the vocabulary knowledge of young children, it takes some effort and thought on the part of the teacher, tutor, or parent.
Young children do not build their vocabulary by reading books but rather by having books read to them.
1. Read the story.
2. Contextualize the word within the story.
3. Have children say the word.
4. Provide a student-friendly explanation of the word.
5. Present examples of the word used in contexts different from the story context.
6. Engage children in activities that get them to interact with the words.
7. Have children say the word.
•For students with special needs, it is important that the teacher introduces a new word and provide VISUALS•
Build on prior knowledge
Define in kid friendly terms and provide examples
Use games, songs, multi-sensory activities.
Use Semantic Mapping: