This blog continues the two part series covering reading strategies. While classrooms have well designed word walls, students can benefit from a personal, smaller version of the word wall. These words can also be organized by category to increase meaning.
Vocabulary & Relevance
Understanding of vocabulary can be enhanced through relevance. In this classroom, the teacher connected an experience with the key vocabulary words. In addition, she created visuals that linked this experience with the vocabulary word.
In this example, the teacher has used a graphic organizer to link relevance for the students.
Building Vocabulary through Logographic Cues
And last, but not least, steps for reading can be broken down for the student and then decorated with a favorite character. In this example, the teacher and parent decided that the strategies would be best understood if Sponge Bob Square Pants was endorsing them. They added several Sponge Bob stickers around the edges of the paper and increased the effectiveness of the reading strategies.
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