Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
If you are looking for a program to teach each of the Common Core Vocabulary Standards for your grade level in a literacy center, the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center is just what you and your students need. This full-year, twice-per-week, digital download (eBook) program is specifically designed for grade-level, twenty-minute literacy centers.
The Common Core State Standards emphasize a balanced approach to vocabulary development. The Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center includes 56 worksheets, along with vocabulary study guides, and biweekly unit tests to help your students collaboratively practice and master these Common Core Standards:
- Multiple Meaning Words and Context Clues (L.4.a.)
- Greek and Latin Word Parts (L.4.a.)
- Language Resources (L.4.c.d.)
- Figures of Speech (L.5.a.)
- Word Relationships (L.5.b.)
- Connotations (L.5.c.)
- Academic Language Words (L.6.0)
PREVIEW THE GRADE 4 PROGRAM HERE.
PREVIEW THE GRADE 5 PROGRAM HERE.
PREVIEW THE GRADE 6 PROGRAM HERE.
PREVIEW THE GRADE 7 PROGRAM HERE.
PREVIEW THE GRADE 8 PROGRAM HERE.
Here’s a quick overview to show how your students will practice the Vocabulary Standards in the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center:
Multiple Meaning Words
Students practice grade-level homonyms (same spelling and sound) in context clue sentences which show the different meanings and function (part of speech) for each word.
Greek and Latin Word Parts
Three criteria were applied to choose the grade-level prefixes, roots, and suffixes:
1. Frequency research 2. Utility for grade-level Tier 2 words 3. Pairing
Each odd-numbered vocabulary worksheet pairs a Greek or Latin prefix-root or root-suffix combination to enhance memorization and to demonstrate utility of the Greek and Latin word parts. For example, pre (before) is paired with view (to see). Students use these combinations to make educated guesses about the meaning of the whole word. This word analysis is critical to teaching students how to problem-solve the meanings of unknown words.
Students look up the Greek and Latin whole word in a dictionary (print or online) to compare and contrast their educated guesses to the denotative definition of the word. Students divide the vocabulary word into syl/la/bles, mark its primary áccent, list its part of speech, and write its primary definition.
Additionally, students write synonyms, antonyms, or inflected forms of the word, using either the dictionary or thesaurus (print or online). This activity helps students develop a more precise understanding of the word.
Figures of Speech
Students learn a variety of figures of speech (non-literal expression used by a certain group of people). The Standards assign specific types of figures of speech to each grade level. For example, the grade 4 program includes idioms, similes, metaphors, imagery, adages, alliteration, proverbs, and onomatopoeia. Students review each of these in grades 5−7 and will learn personification, symbolism, colloquialisms, allusions, consonance, assonance, verbal irony, situational irony, dramatic irony, and puns in the grade 8 program. Get your grade-level teams and ELA departments to purchase these sequenced programs! Check out the PREVIEWS for each grade level to see how each grade level instructional sequence builds upon the others.
Students must interpret sentences which use the figures of speech on the biweekly unit tests.
Students use context clue strategies to figure out the different meanings of homonyms in our Multiple Meaning Words section. In the Word Relationships section, students must apply context clues strategies to show the different meanings of word pairs. The program’s S.A.L.E. Context Clues Strategies will help students problem-solve the meanings of unknown words in their reading.
Students practice these context clue strategies by learning the categories of word relationships. Again, the grades 4−8 programs increase in complexity. For example, from item to category, such as with hurricane to weather in grade 4, students will progress to problem to solution, such as with infection to diagnosis in grade 8.
Connotations: Shades of Meaning
Students learn two new grade-level vocabulary words which have similar denotative meanings, but different connotative meanings. From the provided definitions, students write these new words on a semantic spectrum to fit in with two similar words, which most of your students will already know. For example, the two new words, abundant and scarce would fit in with the already known words, plentiful and rare in this semantic order: abundant–plentiful–scarce–rare.
The Common Core authors state that Tier 2 words (academic vocabulary) should be the focus of vocabulary instruction. Many of these words will be discovered and learned implicitly or explicitly in the context of challenging reading, using appropriately leveled independent reading, such as grade-level class novels, and learning specific reading strategies, such as close reading with shorter, focused text.
However, direct instruction of high utility and high frequency academic vocabulary is certainly worthwhile. The Academic Language section of the vocabulary worksheets provides two grade-level words from the research-based Academic Word List. Students use the Frayer model four square (definition, synonym, antonym, and example-characteristic-picture) method to learn these words. The Common Core authors and reading specialists (like me) refer to this process as learning vocabulary with depth of instruction.
All the literacy center support materials are included: Group Norms Poster, Leadership Roles Poster, Literacy Center Signs, Literacy Center Task Cards, and 10 Rotation Options. Plus, easy-to-follow directions to ensure their success. Students self-correct their vocabulary worksheets from the answers provided to learn from their mistakes.
Your students will measurably grow their vocabularies with the vocabulary practice found in the Vocabulary Academic Literacy Center.
For teachers, opting for a non-literacy center approach to vocabulary instruction, the same resources (and more) are included in the author’s grades 4–8 Common Core Vocabulary Toolkits and in the grades 4–8 Grammar, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary BUNDLES.
Add this literacy center to your own rotation of literacy centers or combine with my full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week, Standards-based grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Academic Literacy Centers, which include 1. Reading: Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension 2. Writing: Sentence Revision and Literary Response 3. Language Conventions: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics 4. Vocabulary: Vocabulary Worksheets and Vocabulary Study Games 5. Spelling and Syllabication: Conventional Spelling Rule Spelling Sorts and Syllable Practice 6. Study Skills: Goal-Setting, Essential Study Skills, and Reflection/Application. Make sure to check out the value-priced Academic Literacy Centers BUNDLES for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Also take a look at my three Remedial Literacy Centers for grades 4-8 intervention. Each center provides comprehensive diagnostic and formative assessments with corresponding literacy center lessons. These full-year, 20-minute, twice-per-week remedial centers fit perfectly within the group rotations provided with the Academic Literacy Centers: 1. Remedial Spelling Literacy Center 2. Remedial Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Literacy Center 3. Phonics Literacy Center. Help your students catch up while they keep up with grade-level instruction.
You and your students will love these literacy centers!
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