Students develop clear word definitions as they learn to group words and analyze words by different features. In the process, they build essential, life-long vocabulary skills.
- Learn to categorize and identify relevant attributes of words
- Increase overall vocabulary knowledge and create clear, concise definitions
Items are based on the curriculum and on their familiarity to students. The stimuli on the back of each card ask questions about the pictured item according to various attributes. Working through this series of attributes helps students state a clear definition of each item. The attributes include:
The cards are grouped by these categories:
- body parts
- food and beverages
- health and grooming
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- Effective vocabulary instruction strategies actively engage the student and require higher-level cognitive processing. These strategies include using new words in novel sentences based on connections to prior knowledge, analyzing word features, and using visual aids (Kester-Philips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
- Students need to understand semantic connections among words. It may be necessary to target understanding of basic concepts that underpin the vocabulary required to access the curriculum (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
No-Glamour Category/Definition Cards incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Kester-Philips, D.C., Foote, C.J., & Harper, L.J. (2008). Strategies for effective vocabulary instruction. Reading Improvement, 45(2), 62-68.
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech and language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.