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100%® Curriculum Vocabulary Grades K-5
Ages: 5-10   Grades: K-5

Give at-risk students the vocabulary they need for success in the classroom.  This resource gives hefty amounts of practice in ready-to-use lessons.   


  • Use grade-level, curricular vocabulary
  • Experience greater success in the classroom and on tests
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Teach vocabulary from the McREL word lists, textbooks, and general reading curriculum.  Each six-page lesson presents a group of ten words.  Students are introduced to the word definitions, and then they progressively apply the words to new contexts.  There are 30 lessons and a total of 300 vocabulary words.  The lessons are divided into three levels of difficulty:

  • Primary Level (Grades K-1): Activities in this section have pictures to accommodate beginning readers.  Lesson formats include definitions, fill-in-the-blanks, related meanings, rebus stories, comparisons, and picture scenes.  Themes are geography, health, literature, science, and social studies.
  • Intermediate Level (Grades 2-3): These activities require some reading and writing.  Lesson formats include definitions, fill-in-the-blank, related meanings, crossword puzzles, scrambled sentences, and applied learning.  Themes are English, grammar, geography, literature, science, and social studies.
  • Advanced Level (Grades 4-5): Students use the targeted vocabulary in spoken and written contexts.  Lesson formats include definitions, fill-in-the-blank, related meanings, crossword puzzles, writing sentences, and applied learning.  Themes are English, research paper, geography, health, literature, science, and social studies. 

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200 pages, 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 aides (Kester-Phillips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
  • Vocabulary intervention should provide opportunities for students to use target words in multiple contexts (Boone et al., 2007).
  • Students need to understand semantic connections among words (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • In-depth knowledge of word meaning helps students comprehend what they read and helps them use words accurately in speaking and reading (Taylor-Goh, 2005).

100% Curriculum Vocabulary Grades K-5 incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Boone, K., Letsky, S., Wallach, S., Young, J., Gingrass, K., & Daly, C. (2007, November). Role of SLP: A method of inclusion. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston: MA.

Kester-Phillips, 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.


Janet R. Lanza, Lynn K. Flahive


Lynn K. Flahive, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a board-recognized specialist in child language who has over 25 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist.  She worked in private and public schools in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Texas for 12 years before joining the department of communication sciences and disorders at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.  Lynn has special interests in working with preschool and early elementary-aged children with phonological and/or language delays.  

Janet R. Lanza, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in public schools, private practice, and a university clinic in Texas since 1976.  She has been on the faculty of the department of communication sciences and sisorders at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, since 1989.  At the TCU Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, Janet is an instructor and clinical supervisor for classroom settings of preschool children with a variety of communication disorders.  

Lynn and Janet are also the co-authors of April's Showers, Blooming Speech & Language Activities, Ivan's Iceberg, Just for Kids Answering Questions, Just for Kids Articulation, Just for Kids Basic Concepts, Just for Kids Grammar, Just for Kids Phonological Processing, and Phonological Awareness Cards.


Are you working with children in elementary school who need to increase their vocabulary?  Do you want to choose target vocabulary that is grade-level appropriate and tied to the curriculum so that it will help your students in all areas of their schoolwork?  Do you want the vocabulary presented in a variety of contexts and tied together with stories, picture scenes, and applied learning activities so that it has added meaning?  Then 100% Curriculum Vocabulary Grades K-5 will be a useful addition to your therapy.

As a speech-language pathologist charged with developing a child's language skills, you can use this product to meet IEP goals through curriculum-based intervention.  100% Curriculum Vocabulary Grades K-5 contains grade-level vocabulary.  These words were chosen using general reading vocabulary from the McREL Institute and from various textbooks.  In addition, words were included that fit the curriculum-based themes.

The Primary Level is intended for kindergarten and first grade.  It can also be used for any child whose vocabulary work needs to begin at the lower level.  Most of the activities presented at this level are in pictures so that the student's ability to read is not a factor in his opportunity to learn the new vocabulary.  Each Primary unit includes:

  • Definitions
  • Rebus Story
  • Fill-in-the-Blank
  • Comparisons
  • Related Meanings
  • Picture Scene

Intermediate & Advanced
The Intermediate Level is intended for grades 2 and 3 and requires more reading than the Primary Level.  In addition, written language is introduced at this level through the use of an applied learning activity.  Of course, the activities in this level may be modified by reading to the child.  The Advanced Level is for grades 4 and 5.  The student's ability to use the targeted vocabulary in spoken and written contexts is expanded at this level.  Each Intermediate and Advanced unit includes:

  • Definitions
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • Fill-in-the-Blank
  • Scrambled Sentences (Intermediate)
  • Related Meanings Writing Sentences (Advanced)
  • Applied Learning

Therapy is most effective when the goals are ones that the students can use in many aspects of their lives.  The units in 100% Curriculum Vocabulary K-5 are grade appropriate and curriculum-based so the language your students learn will be useful to them in the classroom.  The variety of activities allows the students multiple opportunities to practice the new words in different contexts.

We hope that you find teaching curriculum-based vocabulary 100% effective!

Lynn and Janet