(PD Title No. ELA2412E)

Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary Classroom

Proficiency Level: Mastery

Subject(s):Language Arts and Reading

Grade(s): 3,4,5

Hours: 30.00


Description: In this course, participants will examine best practices for building the breadth and depth of vocabulary for both comprehension and written expression in grades three through five.  Participants will learn the importance of creating a word-conscious learning environment that encourages motivation and interest in learning new words.  They will learn how to model and to encourage independent word-learning strategies that their students can apply while engaging in wide and varied reading. They will also explore the value of instructing students in grades 3-5 how to infer the meaning of words from context and word parts.  For their final project, participants will incorporate components of a balanced vocabulary program by designing a vocabulary lesson based on a classroom text—either fiction or non-fiction.


Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.


Objectives: This course will enable participants to explore best practices for engaging and motivating students in grades three through five to build vocabulary.  Participants will examine teaching strategies for building both the breadth and depth of students’ vocabulary for comprehension and written expression.

This course will enable participants to:
• Create a learning environment that encourages motivation and interest in learning new words—word-consciousness
• Encourage independent word-learning strategies while engaging in wide and varied reading
• Design explicit instruction in the definitional and contextual meanings of words
• Evaluate text and select words to study that are critical to comprehension and frequently appear in a wide variety of texts
• Design vocabulary instruction to teach concepts central to content area studies
• Implement instruction that addresses how to infer meaning through structural analysis, including inferring meaning from common Greek and Latin roots
• Informally assess students’ vocabulary knowledge to inform further classroom instruction
• Incorporate a balanced vocabulary program into their language arts and content area curriculum







Free! No Class Attendance. No Substitutes.

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