The Classroom Essentials: A Teacher’s Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day

Tanya S. Wright

The Classroom Essentials: A Teacher’s Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day

By Tanya S. Wright
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You probably know that having young children memorise new words or relegating vocabulary instruction to one time of day is not the way to go, but you may not know what else to do to support students’ vocabulary development. In this guide, Tanya Wright shows you how to make word learning more meaningful and engaging as you incorporate teaching about words across the day.

Young children love to learn and use new words; the key is to tap into their natural curiosity and excitement. Tanya shows you how to create opportunities for children to think about and use words in meaningful contexts during read aloud, content-area learning, reading instruction, and writing instruction—all day long! Classroom videos of teachers and children learning about words bring the ideas to life, and a friendly "What We Know" feature highlights important research that informs the practice.
Table of contents
  • 1. Setting the Stage
  • 2. Vocabulary Development Across the Day:
  • When It Comes to Comprehension, Word Meanings Matter
  • Vocabulary and Conceptual Knowledge are Connected
  • What Does It Mean to Know the Meaning of a Word?
  • How Do We Learn New Words?
  • When Do We Learn New Words?
  • Why Should We Think Differently About Vocabulary Instruction?
  • Take a Moment to Reflect
  • 3. Vocabulary Development During Read-Alouds
  • Select Texts Thoughtfully
  • Plan Ahead for Teaching
  • Find Time to Read Aloud Often
  • Encourage Families to Read Aloud
  • 4. Vocabulary Development During Content-Area Learning
  • Why Teach Vocabulary With New Content?
  • Plan to Support Vocabulary Development During Content-Area Learning
  • Access Children’s Vocabulary Learning
  • 5. Vocabulary Development During Reading Instruction
  • Supported Independent Reading
  • Whole Class Minilessons
  • Small Group Reading Instruction
  • 6. Vocabulary Development During Writing Instruction
  • Create Opportunities for Writing Across the Day
  • Teach Genre-Specific Words
  • Encourage Spelling Approximations
  • Encourage Meaning Approximations, Too!
  • Model Attention to Word Choice
  • Notice How Children Use Words

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