Vocabulary Strategies How to really learn and remember new words

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  • Vocabulary StrategiesHow to really learn and remember new words

  • Note GuidePASSION

  • What is a vocabulary strategy?Vocabulary is the group of words used in relation to a subject A strategy is a careful plan or method to achieve something(Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 1997)

  • What is a vocabulary strategy?A vocabulary strategy is a method used to learn new words related to a certain subject in this case Biology

  • Who needs a vocab strategy?Anyone who wants to succeed in High SchoolCollegeWork

  • Why use a vocabulary strategy?A strategy will help you to really learn and remember new wordsJust writing a list of definitions does not help you to remember themRiedl, (2008)

  • When should a strategy be used?With complicated wordsWith technical wordsWith any word you think is interestingWith any word you think is confusingWith any word you know will be on a test

  • When should a strategy be used?At the beginning of each chapterWhen new vocabulary words are assignedAs you read the textAny time you think you will need to remember a new word

  • Lets practiceVocabulary for the Scientific Method will be shown in a Word SplashLook at the wordsAre there any familiar words?Can you predict any relationships between the terms?

  • Scientific MethodHypothesisExperimentationData VariableControlObservationInferenceInterpretationTheoryLawRiedl, (2008)

  • How can I learn all these words!?!Use context of the reading to learn new words with (Unrau, 2008, Chap 5)

  • PASSIONPAUSE: When you see a new word STOP!It might be tempting to skip the word but you must PAUSE so you can think.Maybe you can predict the meaning.

  • PASSIONACCESS MEMORY: think about the word.Have you ever seen or heard it before?Do you know any similar words?Can you remember its meaning?

  • PASSIONExamine the STRUCTURE of the word.Break the word into its parts and look for clues to its meaning.What is the word root?Does it have a prefix or suffix that you already know?

  • PASSIONSYNONYM PLAY: Are there other words in the context that mean the same thing?Clues for synonyms include In other wordsSuch asAlso known asSometimes called (Vocabulary in Context, 2005)

  • PASSIONINVESTIGATE THE CONTEXT: What clues can you find in the new words sentence?Is the meaning explained?Definition clues include:Is defined asMeans (Vocabulary in Context, 2005)

  • PASSIONOUTSOURCE: If you cant figure out the meaning of the word use an outside source, such as:GlossaryDictionaryAnother student

  • PASSIONNOTE IT DOWN: Make a vocabulary card for the word.Write the word on the front of the card.On the back, writeDefinition (in own words)SynonymsDrawing that represents the term

  • Now you have a strategy You can use context clues to learn words with

  • Using Inspiration software to create vocabulary flashcardsWord MapsWord PartsVocabulary Self-collection Strategy

  • Graphic OrganizersStudents will be given a learning map of essential questions and key vocabulary as part of the Learning-Focused program.Students will also receive a note taking guide with the PASSION acronym down the left side.

  • Learning MapUnit Essential Question: What makes science different from other fields of study?Lesson Essential QuestionsHow is a scientific question or hypothesis created?How is a hypothesis tested?How is a conclusion formed from data?What makes a scientific experiment controlled?Key Learning: Science is learned through investigative and inquiry processes.

  • ReferencesThe Merriam-Webster Dictionary (1997). Springfield, MAL Merriam-Webster, Inc.Riedl, C. (2008). Vocabulary instruction: a Learning-Focused model. Boone, NC. Learning-Focused Solutions, Inc.Unrau, N. (2008). Content area reading and writing: Fostering literacies in Middle and High School cultures, 2nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

  • ReferencesVocabulary in Context. (2005, October 5). Retrieved July 11, 2009, from http://www.montgomery college.edu/~steuben/vocabularycontext.htm



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