Vocabulary Logs, Practice Activities, and Word Lists Supplement to Dynamic Vocabulary Instruction



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Four-Square Vocabulary



Word


Examples

Definition


Non-Examples



Word


Examples

Definition


Non-Examples



Word


Examples

Definition


Non-Examples


Four-Square Vocabulary



  1. Dictate the word to be taught and have students record in square.

  2. Describe the word.

  3. Have students suggest examples of the word and record a number of examples.

  4. Have students provide non-examples of the concept and record of number of non-examples.

  5. Finally, have students write a definition of the concept.

(Adapted from Word Power by Steven Stahl & Barbara Kapinus, 2001)




Word

soothing

Examples
music, a bath, a nap

Definition


comforting
offering relief



Non-Examples

Tests, loud noises, being called on



Word Mapping

What is it? (definition) What is it like?


The Word

What are some examples?

(Schwartz, 1988; Schwartz & Raphael, 1985)

Semantic Feature Analysis



Concept:






















































































































(Pittelman, Heimlich, Berglund, & French, 1991; Johnson & Pearson, 1984)

Polysemous Words

(Multiple Meaning Words)


Word

Setting/Situation





Setting/Situation




Setting/Situation



Meaning


Meaning

Meaning



Setting/Situation




Setting/Situation




Setting/Situation



Meaning

Meaning


Meaning

Polysemous Words

(Multiple Meanings)



Word
division


Setting/Situation

math





Setting/Situation

government







Setting/Situation

biology



Meaning


Meaning

  • Division (separation) of powers between branches of government

Meaning

  • Division of cells







Setting/Situation

military






Setting/Situation

housing area

suburbs





Setting/Situation

business



Meaning

  • A unit in the army.

Meaning

  • A housing division

  • An area of houses usually built at the same time with the same style



Meaning

Word Form Chart


Noun

Adjective

Verb

Adverb

consequence








consequently

handicap

handicapped

to handicap






illiterate


illiterate










reliable

to rely on

reliably




strict




strictly





conservative





conservatively



irony

ironic




ironically



interpretation





to interpret






requirement


required

to require





(Kate Kinsella, 2002)

Word


  • Definition


  • Sentence

  • Personal clue



Word



  • Definition

  • Examples

  • Non-examples



Word


  • Definition

  • Sentence

  • Visual Representation





Word Card Activities



  1. Sort the word cards by category. (e.g., words related to people, words related to things).



  2. Find words that have certain connotations such as positive and negative, good and bad, desirable and undesirable.



  3. Sort words by part of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives).



  4. Make sentences using pairs of words.



  5. Group words and then explain basis of groupings.



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