Effective Vocabulary Instruction in a Primary Classroom

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Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Effective Vocabulary Instruction in a Primary Classroom

August 22 Wills 2 min read

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Vocabulary Instruction

Teaching vocabulary is not always something we think about in the primary grades. However, research supports teaching vocabulary instruction when students are beginning readers. Students with greater word knowledge in early elementary have more success at comprehending texts in high school. We know that in order to increase vocabulary, students need to be exposed to new words. 

According to the National Reading Panel, long-lasting vocabulary learning occurs when students see vocabulary in authentic texts, compared to isolated vocabulary drills. So with that in mind, we updated our vocabulary portion of the Engaging Readers units to better support vocabulary instruction in the classroom. Woohoo!

Each Engaging Reader’s text includes a vocabulary study of two words. Throughout the week, students study and use the new words. 

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Direct Instruction

Research says that students remember words when they are able to connect the meaning of the word to the knowledge they already have. This is a type of active processing and occurs when students are exposed to words in a variety of ways. For example:

  • identify examples and non-examples of the word
  • create sentences that contain the new word
  • create scenarios or stories in which they use the word
  • produce antonyms and synonyms for the word

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

For each vocabulary word, students contextualize the word by responding to a prompt. 

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Having whole-group discussions also solidifies the learning of new vocabulary because students are participating in their own learning.

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

More Vocabulary Practice

Throughout the week, students practice the vocabulary words. The activities vary from book to book!

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

All of the resources you need to start teaching vocabulary through authentic texts are available in our Engaging Readers units!

Vocabulary instruction. Quick and easy lesson plans to teach vocabulary through authentic texts for kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students develop reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge with these engaging activities.

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2 Comments

  • Mary Petron August 25 at 9:39 am

    Please tell me where to find the vocabulary studies?

    • Deedee August 26 at 6:14 am

      They are inside of the Engaging Readers units that are linked here in this blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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