On 8/14/11, Language Arts Teacher wrote:
> On 8/04/11, mrszemog wrote:
>> Hi, I'm teaching fourth grade this year and i can't decide
>> how to do my vocabulary. I am in desperate need of
>> suggestions! For example do you... give homework test how
>> many words give the words on Monday and test on Friday do
>> you teach one or two words a day? what do you do? Please
>> help!!!! MG
> There's a wealth of research that shows the old traditional
> vocab tests don't really have an impact on students'
> vocabularies. The brain can't retain memorized definitions for
> very long.
> I try to enrich their language experience - I will use words in
> my speech that they don't know and I explain them in the next
> sentence. " We can't linger....long on this day. We can't take
> our time with this project today."
> As we read in our book, we encounter words we don't know and in
> context. We go over those words. We occasionally play
> vocabulary games like I give them a word they don't know and
> they guess at the definition and then I tell them what it is.
> Sometimes I'll give them a word and tell them the class gets a
> point every time that week someone uses the word correctly.
> "Ms. Smith does your car have a musty... smell?" "Excuse me, it
> does not, but the class gets a point for you using musty
> correctly even if you're wrong about my car!"
> Language and its myriad words are fun - as I see it, if kids
> aren't having a fun voyage of discovery with new vocab words,
> then something's wrong. If we make learning vocab too mundane
> and too staid, their brains don't really get much from it.