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Fun with Words…While Kids Learn Vocabulary IRA Presenters: Candice McQueen, Ph.D. & Marcia Stewart, Ed.D. College of Education, Lipscomb University December 10, 2008
How do EXPERT word learners learn new words?
Expert Word Learners Notice new words when listening and reading Are interested in learning new words Are especially likely to learn words that are encountered in situations marked by strong emotion Use the situational or textual context to predict possible meanings of the new term
Expert Word Learners Relish nuances in language – connect meaning with personal experiences Are self-reliant and strategic learners – use their knowledge of elements of word meaning (prefixes, suffixes, root words) to predict, confirm, and anchor new words meanings Engage in self-teaching
How do we TRADITIONALLY teach new words?
Traditional Word List Approach Overreliance on the extrinsic motivation of the weekly tests rather than building intrinsic motivation and interest in words and word learning Overemphasis on dictionary work Words are presented in isolation Sentence usage is typically vague or inaccurate Memorize definitions rather make personal, meaningful connections
How can we TEACH words that will help kids become EXPERT word learners while having FUN?
Selecting Words for Instruction Select a handful of words to pre-teach Select words to pre-teach carefully –Choose words that represent major concepts or key ideas in the story –Choose words that not used in everyday language –Dont choose words where illustrations or context clues teach word meaning Pre-teaching should be direct and brief Pre-taught words should be on individual word cards or presented only one at a time
Pre-teaching Select Words Show words one at a time, then display Discuss words in simple language, use words in context, give examples Allow students to write own meaning & draw representations of words (before, during or after reading)
Teaching New Vocabulary Words from Robert Marzano Explain Define Draw Activities Revisit/Discuss Games
Now What… Have students use words in sentences, play with words, participate in word games Activities (non-competitive) –Word Sorts –Word Association writing and skits Games (competitive) –Vocabulary Bingo –Vocabulary Basketball –Vocabulary Jeopardy