Vocabulary StrategiesHow to really learn and remember new words
What is a vocabulary strategy?Vocabulary is the group of words used in relation to a subject A strategy is a careful plan or method to achieve something(Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 1997)
What is a vocabulary strategy?A vocabulary strategy is a method used to learn new words related to a certain subject in this case Biology
Who needs a vocab strategy?Anyone who wants to succeed in High SchoolCollegeWork
Why use a vocabulary strategy?A strategy will help you to really learn and remember new wordsJust writing a list of definitions does not help you to remember themRiedl, (2008)
When should a strategy be used?With complicated wordsWith technical wordsWith any word you think is interestingWith any word you think is confusingWith any word you know will be on a test
When should a strategy be used?At the beginning of each chapterWhen new vocabulary words are assignedAs you read the textAny time you think you will need to remember a new word
Lets practiceVocabulary for the Scientific Method will be shown in a Word SplashLook at the wordsAre there any familiar words?Can you predict any relationships between the terms?
Scientific MethodHypothesisExperimentationData VariableControlObservationInferenceInterpretationTheoryLawRiedl, (2008)
How can I learn all these words!?!Use context of the reading to learn new words with (Unrau, 2008, Chap 5)
PASSIONPAUSE: When you see a new word STOP!It might be tempting to skip the word but you must PAUSE so you can think.Maybe you can predict the meaning.
PASSIONACCESS MEMORY: think about the word.Have you ever seen or heard it before?Do you know any similar words?Can you remember its meaning?
PASSIONExamine the STRUCTURE of the word.Break the word into its parts and look for clues to its meaning.What is the word root?Does it have a prefix or suffix that you already know?
PASSIONSYNONYM PLAY: Are there other words in the context that mean the same thing?Clues for synonyms include In other wordsSuch asAlso known asSometimes called (Vocabulary in Context, 2005)
PASSIONINVESTIGATE THE CONTEXT: What clues can you find in the new words sentence?Is the meaning explained?Definition clues include:Is defined asMeans (Vocabulary in Context, 2005)
PASSIONOUTSOURCE: If you cant figure out the meaning of the word use an outside source, such as:GlossaryDictionaryAnother student
PASSIONNOTE IT DOWN: Make a vocabulary card for the word.Write the word on the front of the card.On the back, writeDefinition (in own words)SynonymsDrawing that represents the term
Now you have a strategy You can use context clues to learn words with
Using Inspiration software to create vocabulary flashcardsWord MapsWord PartsVocabulary Self-collection Strategy
Graphic OrganizersStudents will be given a learning map of essential questions and key vocabulary as part of the Learning-Focused program.Students will also receive a note taking guide with the PASSION acronym down the left side.
Learning MapUnit Essential Question: What makes science different from other fields of study?Lesson Essential QuestionsHow is a scientific question or hypothesis created?How is a hypothesis tested?How is a conclusion formed from data?What makes a scientific experiment controlled?Key Learning: Science is learned through investigative and inquiry processes.
ReferencesThe Merriam-Webster Dictionary (1997). Springfield, MAL Merriam-Webster, Inc.Riedl, C. (2008). Vocabulary instruction: a Learning-Focused model. Boone, NC. Learning-Focused Solutions, Inc.Unrau, N. (2008). Content area reading and writing: Fostering literacies in Middle and High School cultures, 2nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
ReferencesVocabulary in Context. (2005, October 5). Retrieved July 11, 2009, from http://www.montgomery college.edu/~steuben/vocabularycontext.htm