|Learning Strategies - Reading
Research has suggested that the more encounters
a child has with word meanings, the more vocabulary the child
can acquire. Instruction to support vocabulary development
needs to be included in the reading instruction.
out loud to the class. Reading
out loud provides exposure to new words and
opportunities for children to ask and discuss
- When working with a topic or related words,
use Semantic Mappings to help
students compare and contrast words. This will
help them to generate relationships and encourage
them to draw conclusions about the relationships
- Have students make word webs to explore the
features and meanings of words.
- Teach students to visualize the meanings
of words. For example, encourage
students to create a mental picture and to process
the elements of the object or word. This may
encourage them to think more about meanings
- Establish an independent reading time
in the classroom. During this
time, sit with a students and encourage them
to discuss the story and any words they have
come across that they find interesting.
- Teach students to categorize words.
This will help generate context that creates
a foundation to support understanding and links
to other words.
- Create a classroom dictionary of new
words learned. Place a notebook in
a central location. Separate the notebook into
categories. Try to relate the dictionary
to themes studied in the classroom.
headings may include: animals, rocks and minerals, transportation,
man made objects. Use the student generated
dictionary as a reference source for students.