Re: how to vocab.

    Our LAL curriculum has a lot of components, but for vocab it
    includes about 6-10 words per story. I will introduce the
    vocabulary words when I introduce spelling words on the first day
    of a new story. I briefly explain the word, discuss the
    definition, and together we try to figure out the part of
    speech. During center time they may do an activity using the
    words, but for the mostpart I just reinforce the words and
    meanings during our stories. For assessment, I include questions
    on the reading tests that use the words in context. An example
    might be, "Why did Johnny feel queasy on the car ride to
    grandma's house?" with the vocab word being queasy.

    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.