Teach the vocabulary of seasonal events and activities. Entertaining Brennan Bear stars in easy-to-use classroom lessons that also develop language and listening skills.
- Build receptive and expressive vocabulary
- Listen for vocabulary while following directions
There are two themed units for each month from September through May. A monthly parent note with take-home activities reinforces the vocabulary learned at school. Each unit targets vocabulary words in a four-lesson progression:
Introduce the ten-word vocabulary and the full-page, themed illustration of Brennan Bear. Play the mystery word guessing game.
Read the Brennan Bear story, emphasizing the unit vocabulary words. Children listen for the vocabulary words and answer story comprehension questions.
Children complete a fun, hands-on activity that reinforces the theme's vocabulary words. The activities require a minimum of materials and some preparation time.
This one-page activity has children listen to and follow directions that contain the themed vocabulary words.
Children add 180 relevant words to their vocabulary. Some of the themes and target words are:
- School—backpack, cafeteria, principal, supplies, and more
- Football—bleachers, helmet, referee, stadium, and more
- Thanksgiving—cranberries, Mayflower, chief, buckle, and more
- Winter—parka, penguin, snowdrift, snowshoes, and more
- Basketball—dribble, hoop, scoreboard, court, and more
- Valentine's Day—arrow, Cupid, mailbox, envelope, and more
- St. Patrick's Day—bagpipe, leprechaun, shamrock, rainbow, and more
- Baseball—batter, dugout, diamond, umpire, and more
- Gardening—hoe, soil, sprout, weeds, and more
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- Students may receive up to 90 percent of school information through listening.
"It is essential for language teachers to help their students become effective listeners . . . this means modeling listening strategies and providing listening practice" (NCLRC, 2004).
- In-depth knowledge of word meaning helps students comprehend what they read and helps them use words accurately in speaking and reading (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Statewide standardized tests measure vocabulary skills through:
- knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, and multiple-meaning words to determine
- ability to analyze word relationships meaningfully
- use of linguistic context to comprehend unknown words (Scholastic, n.d.).
- An efficient lexicon is not organized like a dictionary: instead, words and their properties (e.g., semantic meaning) are interconnected and associative. Language-impaired children have fewer lexical entries than their typically-developing peers and fewer connections among the words they know (Brackenbury & Pye, 2007).
Listening for Vocabulary All Year 'Round incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Brackenbury, T., & Pye, C. (2007). Semantic deficits in children with language impairments: Issues for clinical assessment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 36, 5-16.
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). (2004). Teaching listening. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/liindex.htm
Scholastic. (n.d.). The importance of vocabulary on 3rd and 4th grade standardized tests. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/texttalk/pdfs/Vocab_Test_Analysis.pdf
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech and language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.