Moving from classroom Language Arts teacher to K-5 District ELA Specialist my first order of business was to gauge where we were with reading scores when compared to the rest of the state. We fell well below the state average in Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Language subtests.
Many scholars argue that we learn best when are given chances to be playful and creative with what it is we are learning. This is true of whether learning science, learning to play baseball, or learning words. Let’s make word study joyful and engaging for all students with word play.
The five principles that can be used to help design effective word study instruction are not just based on opinion, they are grounded in research by recognized experts in the field, done in thousands of classrooms nationwide. Learn more about the five principles that can be used to help in designing effective vocabulary instruction.
It is important for students to know a wide variety of words to be successful in reading. But learning new words shouldn’t be about flash cards and rote memorization. We must consider ways to actively engage students to learn new words and manipulate language. Here are 5 activities you can try right away.
How can we help students see the relationship among their word study, reading, and writing? Here are four great tips to help strengthen students’ knowledge and independence, as you introduce real-world reading and writing through balanced literacy instruction.