What is the difference between a pebble, a stone, and a boulder? For many children, they are all ‘rock’. It is important to develop a deep understanding of words and what they mean in different contexts. Improved vocabulary knowledge supports comprehension of both oral and written language and promotes access and communication. Karen Anderson, Director
WORDS– Stories and Activities to Expand Vocabulary Knowledge
21 ready-made worksheets to develop word understanding and use. Using real photographs and structured activities, WORDS seeks to develop a deep understanding of words by using:
labeling of pictures __a packet of pumpkin seeds__
simple language A pumpkin seed is ___. small big medium
and two levels of context with questions.
Level one: A pumpkin begins as a seed. A packet of seeds holds 20 seeds.
Questions: A pumpkin plant begins as a _______.
Level two: A pumpkin begins as a seed. A packet of seeds contains approximately 20 seeds.
Question: How many packets of seeds will you buy to grow 40 pumpkin plants?
Noun – person, animal, place, thing Vocabulary – At the Beach
Word – Other words for ‘people’, multiple meaning for ‘wave’
Sentence – People _____ with _______. (tools)
Context Comprehension – Sand Castle / Sand Sculpture
Collective Nouns Vocabulary – people, animal, thing collective nouns
Word – types of ‘shell’, multiple meaning for ‘shell’
Sentence – phrases – ‘a stack of, ‘a bunch of’ & more
Context Comprehension – Collecting Seashells
Group nouns Vocabulary – pottery, jewelry, glassware, collectibles & more
Word – yes/ no for meaning, word retrieval
Sentence – members of a group and group names
Context Comprehension – Flea Market Finds
Proper Nouns Vocabulary – Where to Find Collections
Word – Where would you find? & computer research
Sentences – ‘ium’ & ‘eum’ words, proper nouns
Context Comprehension – A Trip to a Museum
Noun phrases Vocabulary – containers & descriptions / Vehicles – Containers on Wheels
Word –descriptive phrases of containers
Sentence – I have a ____ of ___. (container and content)
Context Comprehension – Shipping Container
Word – What each vehicle carries – passengers or cargo or both.
Sentence – Where vehicles travel
Gerund Vocabulary – Parts of a bicycle / Parts of an Antique Car
Words – Match part with function, Types of cycles
Sentences – Label ‘ing’ words as gerunds or verbs
Context Comprehension – Ride a Bicycle / The Bicycle
Word – Match word to function / Compare a bike and a car
Sentence – Use ‘but’ to contrast / Bumper stickers
Context Comprehension – Antique cars or Modern Cars
Abstract nouns Vocabulary – Things to do at a Fair/ Grow a Prize Pumpkin sequence
Words – multiple meaning of ‘fair’
Sentence –Recognition of abstract nouns
Context Comprehension – A Trip to the Fair
Word – Listen for key Information – Numbers
Sentence – Association & abstract nouns
Context Comprehension – Grow a Prize Pumpkin