A Word About Vocabulary
In the learning center, before we read a book, we look at a list of words we might see in the story. We may already know the meaning of some of the words, although for the most part, the words are new to us. We watch for the words when reading the text. We try to figure out what the word means in context. We can also look in the glossary to get the meaning of the word. This is a fun way to learn new vocabulary and new things.
When learning a new language, vocabulary is a huge hurdle. When I first started teaching in the district, we had this awesome person who ran the English Language Learning Department. He and his team would put out a booklet each year of "Threshold Vocabulary". This booklet was designed to help English Language Learners acquire the English Language. I find it is a good tool for all of us, even if we already speak English. Attached is a copy of the description of Threshold Vocabulary and some activities you can do to acquire up to 3000 vocabulary words. These are good activities if you want to increase and improve your vocabulary.
We are fortunate at our school to have a program available to us called i-Ready. This program is another way to learn. Vocabulary is embedded in the i-Ready program. It is another tool students can use to improve many areas of their reading including vocabulary.
Students should have access to this program through Clever on the School Website. If they are having difficulty accessing this, have them contact their classroom teacher.