• Vocabulary

    Posted by Felice Brandner on 10/29/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Some students have weak vocabulary skills, which is why we address numerous strategies in LSH to improve their vocabulary skills.

    One way we can help students to improve their vocabulary skills is by working on expressing categories, associations, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and multiple meaning words. 

    Categorization: I like to do sorting and naming activities with this area.  I use classroom curriculum/themes to decide these vocabulary targets. Can the students identify which items go together in a group?This helps them make meaning of the vocabulary words.

    Associations: I like to play memory matching games with this area. All students love a good competition. This helps them work on memory skills and works on what words/items/concepts go together and why?

    Synonyms: I like to teach the students how to write with synonyms so their writing is more interesting (and less boring). I teach them how to access the thesaurus fill with synonyms on Microsoft word. They are truly amazed at how easy it is to use and how quickly it bring their writing to life.

    Antonyms: I think knowing the relationships between words is very helpful and important. Knowing antonyms is extremely important when learning antonym context clues. Students are taught signal words on how to identify if a sentence has antonyms in it and what the antonyms are and how they are related. 

    Homophones: Teaching homophones can by tricky if students are poor/weak spellers/readers. It is mainly important that students understand that words can have more than one meaning. I like to focus on the more popular/common/most mistaken homophones such as: there/their/they're, to/too/two, write/right, and ate/eight

    Multiple meaning words: I like to use different images with the same word across the top to illustrate a concept. Then, I have the students each use each version in a sentence. Once they can understand that there are words that can be used in different ways, I like to have them sort meanings into parts of speech to help 'categorize' them. I also provide cloze sentences to the students to see if they can determine which word cab complete all sentences due to its multiple meanings. 

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