This book presents the most effective instructional strategies for promoting vocabulary growth in the early grades, when the interdependence of word learning and oral language development is especially strong. The authors guide teachers in choosing the best materials and in fostering home-school connections, and share six key principles for building vocabulary. Included are guiding questions; text boxes connecting vocabulary to the Common Core State Standards; examples from real teachers; reproducible checklists, rubrics, and other tools; and an appendix of additional vocabulary resources. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
1. The Importance of Vocabulary Breadth and Depth2. Principles of Effective Vocabulary Instruction3. Explicit and Extended Vocabulary Instruction4. Word Learning and Word Use in a Language Rich Environment5. Word Awareness and Independent Word Learning6. Assessing Vocabulary Knowledge7. Differentiating Vocabulary Instruction8. Using Multimedia to Support Word Learning in the Digital Age9. Home–School Connections to Support Word Learning10. Implementing Vocabulary Instruction in Prekindergarten through Second-Grade ClassroomsAppendix. Resources for Vocabulary Instruction