Friday, August 30, 2013

Vocabulary Tiers

Hello blogging world!  I feel like I have been drowning since school started.  I have had no inspiration to blog:(  But luckily my post for Teaching Blog Round Up has pushed me to get back on the horse.

As an intervention specialist, I teach grades K-3.  In Ohio, we have the 3rd grade reading achievement assessment peeking around the corner.  Students take the test twice in 3rd grade.  Once in the fall and then again in the spring.  Vocabulary instruction is a big part of test preparation.

Vocabulary is an essential component for students of all grade levels.  Students need to expand their vocabularies to enhance their overall understanding of all academic areas.  Students need to continually add to their "word bank" to increase their reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.

Students encounter a wide variety of words on a daily basis.  The words that they encounter can be sorted in to three different tiers.

TIER ONE
Words in already their brain or words students already know.  Simple words that students already know like sight words, word family words, etc.  These are high frequency words.

TIER TWO
Words that students might of heard but don't know they mean or how to use them.  These words are high frequency words and they usually have multiple meanings.  These are words that students need to "stick" in their brain.

TIER THREE
These words pertain to specific content areas like science, social studies, math,etc.  These words are usually nonfiction words.  These words are appear infrequently in text.

To help students understand the tiers I created these cheat sheets to aide with instruction.  I was lucky enough to have one of my teaching buddies help me out with ideas on wording and form layout.

Students can draw themselves in the blank face.  Then add words that fit in the different tiers.  They can keep the forms in their reading notebooks so that they can refer to them later as needed.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the year!  Click on the picture above if you are interested in getting a copy. 



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Until next time!
Kristy
The Phonics Phenomenon

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