Teach essential concepts as they apply to the curriculum in early elementary grades. Appealing lessons with simple language demands give children an academic boost and help them keep up in the classroom.
- Master basic concepts encountered in the curriculum
- Improve direction-following
- 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 with minimal demands for reading and writing. There are a variety of lesson formats; students match items, color the correct item, mark what is missing, and circle correct answers.
A pretest/posttest makes it easy to measure instruction results.
Children learn basic concepts words to talk about:
- quantity—some/more/most, few/many, whole/half, none/some/all, and more
- degree or intensity—comparison words such as hot/hotter/hottest and good/better/best, few/many, and more
- numbers—first/second/third, pairs, dozen, and more
- time and sequence—before/after, first/middle/last, and beginning/middle/end
- addition and subtraction—how many, total, add/subtract, and more
- calendar dates—today/tomorrow/yesterday, months, and weeks
- space or direction—right/left
You may purchase Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Concepts 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 Concepts 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.