Classroom Victories with Vocabulary
most asked question by school principals is.................What can my
teachers do to increase our test scores??????????????
answer to this question is to use a systematic approach to develop math
vocabulary in your classroom. Then systematically monitor the student's
ability to relate this vocabulary to the concepts being discussed.
specific terms in a specific way is probably the strongest action a
teacher can take to ensure that students have the academic background
knowledge they need to understand the content they will encounter in
Six Step Process for Teaching Vocabulary
- Provide a description,explanation, or example of a new term
- Students restate description explanation or example in their own words
- Students construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representation of the term
- Engage students in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms
- Ask students to discuss the terms with one another
- Involve students in games that allow them to play with terms
the attachments below for further explanations. The Academic
Vocabulary power point lists strategies for carrying out each of the
six steps. Especially look at examples of games to play to implement
The grade 3-5 attachment has three samples of written
models to have children describe terms, draw symbols, and two of the
models have them rate their understanding of the concept on a four
point scale. These can be found on pages 7,8, and 9.
and lily2 files are great examples for allowing us to examine what
typical students may and may not understand about a vocabulary term.
This is very revealing to me about how students process what we say to
them as we are explaining word meanings.
Finally, the very
newest academic vocabulary is posted on the state web site. Also, look
at the attachments below and you can find the math vocabulary K-8 from
the state web site.
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