Teaching Strategies

Word Work

These vocabulary strategies help students build their comprehension and language skills by using key words from Perspectives texts in their own reading, writing, speaking and listening.

20 TEACHING STRATEGIES

Concept Sort

A concept sort is a comprehension strategy in which students sort new vocabulary into categories.
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
L.3-5.4, L.3-5.5, L.3-5.6
July 19, 2014

Guess the Covered Word

Guess the Covered Word challenges students’ vocabularies and reading comprehension by requiring them to deduce words redacted from a text.
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
RL.3-5.4, RI.3-5.4, RF.3-5.4, L.3-5.4
July 19, 2014

Making Words

Making Words is a hands-on activity in which students learn how adding and moving letters can create new words.
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
RL.3-5.4, RI.3-5.4, L.3-5.4
July 19, 2014

Meaning-Making Paragraphs

Students learn the meaning of vocabulary words by writing the word in multiple ways. Students write guided paragraphs about words from the central text then share their writing with peers.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.5, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Meet New Vocabulary

Meet New Vocabulary uses a graphic organizer to help students acquire new vocabulary while reading. This strategy is most effective when teaching challenging, domain-specific words (Tier Three).
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
RL.3-5.4, RI.3-5.4, RF.3-5.4, L.3-5.4, L.3-5.6
July 19, 2014

Traits Matrix

In this semantic feature analysis strategy, students use a grid to show how vocabulary words relate to one another and to conceptual frameworks (e.g., masculine versus feminine).
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.5, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Vocabulary Frames

Students use this tool to identify a word’s meaning, its parts and its opposite. After organizing the information on an illustrated flashcard, students practice using the word in a sentence.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Vocabulary Prediction Chart

Students predict the meanings of vocabulary words before reading and confirm the accuracy of their predictions during and after reading. Students identify context clues from the text and revise their definitions accordingly.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Vocabulary Rounds

This contextual redefinition strategy encourages students to use the structure and context of words to predict their meanings. Students arrive at the definition through exposure to increasingly rich clues.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Vocabulary Tableaux

A tableau is a representation of a scene or picture by people posing silently without moving. In a vocabulary tableau, a group of students use their bodies to create a frozen picture of a vocabulary word.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Word Wall

A word wall is an organized display of vocabulary words drawn from the texts students are reading.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.5, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014

Word Wall

A word wall is an organized display of vocabulary words drawn from central texts students are reading.
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
L.3-5.4, L.3-5.5, L.3-5.6
July 19, 2014

Word Web

Word webs are mind maps that promote active learning and help students develop higher-order thinking skills. Students map their thinking in a graphic organizer based on a Frayer model.
Grade Level
3-5
CCSS
RL.3-5.4, RI.3-5.4, L.3-5.4, L.3-5.5, L.3-5.6
July 19, 2014

Word Wheel

Students use a concept map to organize their vocabulary learning. This tool requires students to define words, find examples, draw on prior knowledge and connect related concepts.
Grade Level
CCSS
L.6-12.4, L.6-12.5, L.6-12.6
July 19, 2014
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