Resources for Vocabulary Instruction

March 27, 2007 at 6:34 pm (all, blogging, children, culture, Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Parents, principals, reading, school, school administration, teachers, Thornebrooke)

On-Line Expanding Vocabulary Resources

Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence (FLaRE) Professional Paper: Vocabulary

This reproducible paper from the FLaRE Professional Paper series discusses the why and what of vocabulary and includes a research review and instructional practices that support vocabulary.

FOR-PD Reading Strategy of the Month

The Florida Online Reading Professional Development’s Reading Strategy of the Month archive includes several strategies devoted to vocabulary development.

FCRR Student Center Activities – Vocabulary

During the Spring 2004 Florida Reading First school site visits, staff from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) determined that teachers may benefit from classroom materials that would be immediately useful in implementing independent student center activities. This booklet includes activity plans and activity masters ready for immediate use in classrooms.

Best Practices in Vocabulary Instruction

Scott-Foresman provides this article from Camille L. Z. Blachowicz,

Instructional Resources Database: Instructional Activities

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory provides a database of instructional activities that can be searched by cognitive element, reader types, and language.

A Focus on Vocabulary

A Focus on Vocabulary is the second booklet in the Research-Based Practices in Early Reading series published by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). This booklet explores vocabulary development as a component of reading comprehension. The text examines research results on students’ vocabulary acquisition and instruction that helps them develop the kind of vocabulary knowledge that will contribute to their reading success. The document is available online only and can be accessed in HTML or color PDF. Users are asked to complete a survey to access the online document.


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Introduction to Vocabulary

Strategies provided by the Wisconsin Literary Education And Reading Network Source.

Promoting Vocabulary Development: Components of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

This booklet available from the Texas Reading Initiative was developed to help educators and administrators make vocabulary development an important part of instruction.

Teaching Vocabulary to Adolescents to Improve Comprehension

This article describes a 16-week intervention in which the comprehension of middle and high school students reading below grade level was improved significantly by instruction that developed their vocabularies through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Guiding principles for the intervention are discussed and sample activities are provided.

A free site that assists students at high-elementary, junior high and high school levels, teachers, and lifelong learners in acquiring and retaining vocabulary. Each free session has three levels. Each level has 3 puzzles with 12 words each (36 total words in a session) and contains seven (7) additional activities/exercises that help develop vocabulary.

Vocabulary Instruction

The Partnership for Reading provides a searchable database (by author, publication year, and key phrase) detailing evidence-based research on vocabulary instruction.

Vocabulary Instruction and Reading Comprehension

ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication Digest #126 discusses the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension and reviews some instructional strategies.


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  1. links for 2009-05-06 « Donna Murray said,

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