Most of us agree that daily vocabulary instruction is vital to developing reading comprehension and important for overall academic success.
Vocabulary should be:
- Taught daily through direct instruction.
- Reinforced in various forms daily with vocabulary from the week.
- Used in their writing or oral language, to demonstrate a solid understanding of the meaning of the words taught.
I created a Vocabulary Notebook that does all of the above and more. Have students record science, social studies, or reading vocabulary terms in this versatile vocabulary notebook or journal. It’s the perfect MUST DO activity I have my students do each day. Read more about it this Must do May do System HERE.
You get to choose between 2 covers and 12 page designs that vary in difficulty for different grade levels. Try a simpler form for the beginning of the year and change them up later in the year. Here is an example of a simple page to start with:
We just added these ABC pages to record all terms, check them out below:
Lastly, I love to give “brownie points” to students when they use vocabulary words correctly throughout the year, or they point out words in different texts or mention that they heard it used somewhere else.
I make a BIG deal about it.
Brownie points in my class are just that. Kudos, congrats, awesome job, etc. They don’t get a prize or anything. In fact, they LOVE getting brownie points and THEY PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE USAGE OF THE WORDS I TEACH.
- They use the words in their writing.
- They use the words in their own oral language.
- They LOOK for the words in other text.
That’s what we want, right?
That’s why I made a “Vocabulary Brownie Points” page to include at the end of the Vocabulary Notebook. I like to make several copies at the end of the notebook and students fill in words as they are learned.
They make tallies (brownie points) as the words are used or found elsewhere.
Get a FREEBIE Brown Points copy down below: