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Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 6-Book Set
Ages: 6-8   Grades: 1-3         

Build life-long vocabulary skills with a semantic approach.  Students get in-depth practice with word relationships in six essential skill areas. 


  • Recognize and use specific strategies to build an increasingly rich vocabulary
  • Expand working vocabulary and curricular vocabulary
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Each book in this best-selling set has:

  • clear, concise directions designed for students with limited language proficiency
  • vocabulary taken from graded vocabulary lists familiar to most students
  • a pretest/posttest
  • minimal demands for spelling and writing
  • appealing, one-page lessons with a variety of instruction formats

Each book targets a specific social language skill.  The books may be purchased as a 6-book set or individually.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms
Students learn the relationship of words that have opposite meanings as they match pictures and words that have opposite meanings and identify and name antonyms. 

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Associations
Students learn to recognize associations between words and to organize vocabulary by word associations.  Activities teach them to make associations by color, shape, function, actions, category, synonyms, antonyms, and rhyme. 

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Attributes
Matching, naming, and sorting activities teach students to use words to describe things in many different ways.

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Categories
Students learn the many ways items can be grouped and that one thing can belong to many different categories. 

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Concepts
Students master concepts encountered in school: quantity, degree/intensity, numbers, time/sequence, addition/subtraction, calendar and dates, and space/direction.

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Synonyms
Teach students that synonyms are words that mean the same thing with shades of differences.  They'll sort, match, and give appropriate synonyms for a variety of words.


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6-Book Set: each book 40 pages, pretest/posttest, answer key
  • 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 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.


Kate LaQuay, Carolyn LoGiudice


Kate LaQuay, J.D., became part of LinguiSystems' extended family more than 20 years ago when her mother, Carolyn LoGiudice, joined the company.  Now a mother herself, Kate has co-authored several LinguiSystems products, including U.S. History A Reading Comprehension Book, U.S. Government A Reading Comprehension Game, and Spotlight on Vocabulary Levels 1 and 2.  Previously, she practiced law for six years in Los Angeles.

Carolyn LoGiudice, M.S., CCC-SLP, was a speech-language clinician in school, clinic, and private settings before joining LinguiSystems in 1984.  She has co-authored many materials with LinguiSystems, including The WORD Test, No-Glamour Vocabulary Cards, The Test of Semantic Skills (TOSS-P and TOSS-I), and the All-Star Vocabulary game.


All students need to expand their working vocabularies.  Some students have a natural facility for language and semantic relationships, enabling them to enlarge their vocabulary almost effortlessly.  Simply reading, listening, and talking seem to boost these students' vocabulary skills.

Many other students need to exert conscious energy to understand and recall an increasingly diverse vocabulary.  Some of them are poor or reluctant readers.  Other students have limited exposure to a rich variety of spoken English.  Still others have language-learning disabilities, attention disorders or ineffective systems for storing and retrieving vocabulary.  All of these students can benefit from specific vocabulary exposure and instruction.  They can improve their vocabulary skills through conscious attention and guided learning.  The main goal of Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 books is to help students recognize and use specific strategies to enrich their skills for understanding and using an increasingly rich vocabulary.

We hope Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 books are a big hit with you and your students!

Kate and Carolyn