Grow word knowledge based on categories and expand language and thinking skills. Appealing lessons with simple language demands are perfect for children with language-learning disorders.
- Understand the many ways things can be grouped
- Recognize and use specific strategies to understand and use an increasingly rich vocabulary
- Expand working vocabulary and curricular vocabulary
The one-page activities feature lots of visual supports. Vocabulary is taken from graded vocabulary lists and is familiar to most students. A pretest/posttest makes it easy to measure instruction results.
Lesson formats vary and consist of tasks like:
- sorting reproducible pictures into categories and subcategories
- naming categories and items in a category
- circling, checking, and crossing out words
- coloring pictures as a reinforcer
Children learn to:
- sort things into groups of things that share a common characteristic
- understand broad categories and subcategories
- recognize which words are members of the same category
- exclude words that aren't members of a given category
You may purchase Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Categories individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 set. The 6-book set consists of:
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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, identifying synonyms and antonyms, analyzing word features, and using visual aids (Kester-Phillips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
- Children require strategic instruction to access the curriculum to the best of their abilities. Instruction in key language areas helps children become effective students (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Vocabulary skills correlate with academic success and literacy attainment (NICHD, 2000).
- A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary, including direct and indirect instruction, teaches students that vocabulary is important for learning language and for reading (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Categories incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. New York: Guilford Press.
Kester-Phillips, D.C., Foote, C.J., & Harper, L.J. (2008). Strategies for effective vocabulary instruction. Reading Improvement, 45, 62-68.
National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD). (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4754). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.