• Pump up the Vocab

    Pump Up the Vocab

    ELPS 1A, 1C, 1E, 2E, 2F, 3A, 3D, 4A, 5B
    IP Rubric I-6

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Questions Addressed

    • How do I help students internalize new words?
    • How can I liven up my vocabulary instruction?
    • How do I scaffold vocabulary for all students?

Why It Works

    • A systematic approach to vocabulary instruction creates opportunities for students to build and apply academic vocabulary daily.
    • When students interact with carefully selected vocabulary, they develop the skills needed to tackle unfamiliar words across content areas.
    • With continuous use of academic vocabulary, students work towards permanent ownership of words.

How to Implement This Routine

  • Identify a handful of key vocabulary terms.

  • Quickly assess students’ familiarity with terms.

  • Point out word parts and cognates.

  • Provide a simple definition, example, and visual.

  • Have students generate personal definitions, associations, examples and visuals.

  • Re-assess, post, and revisit new words.