Elevating Education: Effective Vocabulary Instruction

With the re-emergence of Science of Reading practices, we have been spending time re-evaluating how we are teaching reading to our elementary-aged students. One of the topics that is at the heart of reading is vocabulary acquisition. As educators, we know that teaching vocabulary is essential for fostering academic success and narrowing the pervasive vocabulary gap observed among students. Research indicates stark differences in vocabulary knowledge between linguistically poor and rich students, with linguistically rich first graders knowing up to four times more words than their peers. This gap continues to grow throughout elementary school years, highlighting the importance of intentional vocabulary instruction.

In this blog post, I dive deeper into how you can elevate education with effective vocabulary instruction, focusing on the different tiers of vocabulary.

Attached are two keynote templates that you can use with your class when reviewing vocabulary. See examples of them below!


Preview of a vocabulary graphic organizer.
Vocabulary graphic organizer
Preview of decoding vocabulary practice.
Decoding vocabulary practice



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Posted on March 09, 2024

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