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
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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- 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.