Vocabulary Connections is a series of vocabulary activities intended to be used as a supplement to the Thinking through Reading lesson plan packages.
Each of the Vocabulary Connections resource packages uses specific vocabulary found within the context of of the books in the lesson plan library. Each package contains words that have been identified as tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary words.
Three Tiers of Vocabulary
- Tier 1:
Words acquired through every day speech, usually learned in the early grades
- Tier 2:
Academic words that appear across all types of text. These are often precise words that are used by the author in place of common words.
- Tier 3:
Domain specific words that are tied directly to content. These are typically the types of vocabulary words that are included in glossaries or highlighted in content specific text. They are often difficult words, but necessary for comprehension of text.
The Vocabulary Connections resource packages provide an opportunity for readers to do the following:
- Build their vocabulary
- Improve their understanding of vocabulary within the context of the books they read
- Connect new vocabulary to words they already know and understand
- Engage with new vocabulary through playing interactive games
- Become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently
When children have multiple and varied encounters with words, their vocabularies develop more quickly. that’s why each of our Vocabulary Connections resource packs provide students with an opportunity to read new words, write new words, discover new words withing text, and talk with other readers about new words. As a result, children are more like to take ownership over new words and integrate them into their working vocabularies.