Vocabulary

Word Clouds

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 10, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

A word cloud is an image composed of words or phrases. Individually or as a team, students create an image in which the size of each word or phrase indicates its importance to the overall meaning of the topic or text. Word clouds can be created for concepts, characters, events, and themes across content areas.


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Fluency Techniques

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • May 7, 2017, 3:48 p.m.

Each day, fluent reading is being practiced. Here are some fluency techniques to help your students read with prosody and for meaning during your shared reading time.

Echo Reading

Echo reading is "I read you, then you repeat read". This is an easy reading confidence builder.

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Back-To-School Activities

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 2, 2016, 4:39 p.m.

The beginning of the year is all about building RELATIONSHIPS and ROUTINES. As educators, we must build relationships with our students before they will trust our instruction and dive deep into learning. Here are several relationship building activities to do the first couple of weeks of school that will get your students reading, writing, and moving!

Scavenger Hunt / I Have, Who Has

The goal of this activity is for students to find out something special about each of their classmates. They will discover that they have many things in common and a few differences. This is a great opportunity for students to get up and move around the room too!

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What's the Word? What's the Topic?

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Nov. 29, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

A few weeks ago, during a small group reading observation, I watched a group of five learning-disabled students struggle with key vocabulary in a reading passage. While the goal of the group was to develop comprehension, it was clear that these learners needed a strategy and practice for decoding new words. Here is an easy-to-implement strategy that can be used to warm-up for reading group.

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Let’s Review! Actively Engaging Your Students in Reviewing Content

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5:36 p.m.

Here are a couple of ideas that take about 5 minutes of class time and get learners actively processing content from previous lessons.

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Vocabulary Games

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 8, 2012, 5:35 p.m.

Here are 4 vocabulary games that can be played using vocabulary from any content area. These games are great ways to practice declarative knowledge and, specifically, academic language.

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Making Comparisons

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • May 28, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

You might be surprised to know that the thinking process of identifying similarities and differences is one of the most powerful ways to accelerate learning achievement. Research shows that when learners are guided to compare or classify, their achievement level almost doubles!

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Collect Critical Vocabulary with Alphaboxes

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4 p.m.

Alphaboxes is a great strategy for collecting and using key vocabulary that your students can use with content vocabulary or with collections of character traits or rich words. Before reading have students brainstorm words related to the topic or concept. You can also give students a list of key words to look for in the text. During reading, have students add words that are unfamiliar or important to the topic. After reading a selection, give the students 3-5 minutes to work with a partner to compare words listed on the chart and fill in the alphaboxes with as many words from the reading as they deem important for understanding. The words can be stated or implied in the text. Remind students that only “important” or key words are added to the alphaboxes chart.

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