January 17th, 2013
Vocabulary opens the door to improved reading comprehension, writing, and content-area learning, especially for kids from high- poverty families. Students need vocabulary instruction every day to build lasting word knowledge. But how can you fit this into an already-packed literacy schedule? And how can you make it engaging and fun?
Classroom teachers Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith teamed with veteran literacy educator Brenda Overturf to develop an innovative 5-part plan for vocabulary instruction, which they share in their new book, Word Nerds. Refined over two school years in real classrooms, their framework helps teachers improve student achievement while building confidence and enthusiasm about word learning. You’ll find:
- 10 essential ingredients for effective word study;
- routines and classroom structures that support vocabulary;
- how to introduce new words in both primary and intermediate classrooms;
- making the most of synonyms and antonyms;
- a collection of engaging activities for practicing and celebrating words;
- formative and summative assessments;
- connections to the Common Core State Standards throughout.
The appendixes include reproducible planners, organizers, and rubrics.
Word Nerds will be released early next month, and you can pre- order and preview the entire book online now!
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