A few weeks ago I had a question from a reader (Hey, Lana!) about my vocabulary instruction. I am interested in how others use a vocabulary program or if you do at all. So, I thought I'd do a post about our Vocabulary instruction. A few years ago our school purchased Steck Vaughn's Elements of Reading Vocabulary Series. I've searched all over the Internet for a picture of it and can't find one anywhere. Here is one that is similar and looks to be more geared to younger elementary. The one we have for 4th grade is Level D.
With our series, we get a teacher's guide, R.E.V. It Up books (they have short stories/passages/poems using the vocabulary words), a Read Aloud Anthology book (longer stories with the words), Writer's Logs (workbooks for students), picture cards with the words, a sentence, synonyms, and antonyms on the back, and cards with the words on them (I use for them for our word wall). Here is what our vocabulary instruction looks like:
Monday: Read the story for that week and introduce new words using picture cards.
Tuesday: Display all the words on the board and give each group 1-2 cards face up (with only the picture showing) and they have to figure out which word their picture card represents
Wednesday: Review all words
Thursday: Share sentences from Writer's Log homework
Friday: Test on weekly words (there are a total of 8 per week)
Now, with our new Reading series, Literacy by Design, we also have vocabulary words in there. We all debated at the beginning of the year. Do we only use the words in LBD? Do you use both our regular vocabulary and LBD? Can we only use our regular vocabulary series? But, these words are tested on our Literacy by Design tests so we have to cover them. So far, it's going good. Last week I let groups each select a word, write the definition, write a sentence using the word, and draw a picture. These are all from our Reading series.
How do you teach Vocabulary?