Semantic Word Gradients
These are really neat! I love these because it allows students to see how words that are similar relate and the continuum on which they proceed left and right to become antonyms. PS. Don't you think you could teach synonyms and antonyms this way? EASY!
To see a video from Reading Rockets on a word gradient in action, click here!
Teaching Vocabulary in Context
I love doing read alouds! This is an easy and effective way to teach words within context!
Here's the Skinny:
1. Preview the book you plan to read first (takes just a few minutes).
2. Use post it notes or your awesome memory to chose words throughout the book you want to focus on (words they won't know).
3. Practice reading so it will go fluidly.
4. As you come to a word, you will think aloud and model that amazing adult comprehension you have. Say something like, "Irene clung to the empty box..." Clung must mean that she held it tightly.
5. Read to your students. Regular read alouds to model context vocabulary is needed for both fiction and non-fiction books.
To see a video of a read aloud, click here! (Even though she is a prek teacher, the method is still applicable to older children.)
List, Group and Label
This builds vocabulary and thus comprehension by grouping words.
1. Select a concept or topic to use this with. Then list words in a brainstorm about the topic.
2. Group the words you brainstormed.
3. Make headers according to why you grouped a cluster of words together.
For an awesome video of this strategy, click here!
To me this is the most dreaded way to teach vocabulary, but there are some words we do have to teach such as content related words or even just on grade level words students might encounter while reading. I recently made a resource helping with just that, grade level words.
n this resource, students can work independently in a word center by cutting, unscrambling and pasting given meaning that goes with a vocabulary word. When learning a new word in this context, you wouldn't want students to guess the meaning, so the meaning must be given.
Working on vocabulary as a literacy center is a great way to establish a foundation for comprehension of on grade level text.
This resources is now available in my shop!
Word Walls and Anchor Charts
Okay, I think these would be considered "older", but still effective. Of course, a word wall is a designated place students can look for words they have learned. It doesn't have to be a whole wall. I can easily be included inside of a notebook or folder.
I personally love anchor charts, large chart paper type posters you make with your students to show the mean of new concepts or words. There is a pin for teaching perimeter on my pinterest board, Building Vocabulary, as an example. (link below). I like using the chart markers and drawing pictures a little too much, I think. ;)
There are many other strategies available for teaching vocabulary as we educators are continually coming up with new ways to make words a rich part of our students' lives!
To follow my growing Pinterest Board, Building Vocabulary, click here!