What Vocabulary Program would be complete without teaching students how to use context clues to find a words meaning? I've created a cute poster that you can use to help your students remember to use context clues.
The poster encourages students to look for words that have the same or opposite meaning of the unfamiliar word and things or ideas related to the word. They can also ask themselves "Is the word a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb?" Then after they have thought of all of the clues surrounding the word they then need to prediction the meaning of the word and ask themselves does the sentence now make sense.
This is an idea by Brown, Phillips, and Stephens (1993), in which, students have bookmark that they can write down unfamiliar words that they come across. This is a great way for students to monitor their own understanding of what they are reading. This activity also allows students to make their own vocabulary word lists so the words that they are learning are individualized.
| || |On the front of the bookmark students will write the title of the book they are reading along with the author of the book. On the back students will write new words that they come across. It is suggested that you can laminate the bookmarks to use them repeatedly but I prefer for students to use a new bookmark for each book that they read. This way students have a record of all that they have read. If you have students keep a vocabulary journal you can have them transfer the words they collect on their vocabmarks to their journals. If you would like more ideas for teaching vocabulary you can visit my vocabulary activities or vocabulary games pages.
Brown, J. E., Phillips, L., & Stephens, L. (1993). Toward Literacy; Theory and applications for teaching writing in the content areas. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishers, ITP.