Introduction of Vocabulary Words

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Objective

SWBAT use the week's vocabulary words and roots in order to find other words with the root and determine their meaning.

Big Idea

From our roots we shall grow!

Mini-Lesson

5 minutes

This short lesson is meant to be used as part of a daily lesson on every Monday. I usually do a short vocabulary lesson at the start of a lesson, before my lesson opener or at the end, after the exit ticket. 

Teach: I will say, I am going to practice the skill reading over the week's vocabulary words and roots in order to find other words with the root and determine their meaning. I am going to use the strategy of repeating the words and synonyms off the Word Wall. The process I will use is as follows:

1) Repeat the words off the Word Wall with my classmates

2) Ask myself, "What other word do I know that has one of the roots?" 

3) Jot down a word with the root and the meaning on my weekly vocabulary sheet*

4) Complete the rest with a dictionary for homework

5) I will make it a goal to use at least one of the words in my writing today. 

I will have students do a class-wide choral read of the words. They will then turn and talk about a word they know using one of the roots. They will jot one down and complete the rest for homework. I will remind them after the writing lesson to use at least one of the words and underline it in their writing today.

*All weeks are included below

 

Rationale

Rationale: I wanted to explain how I come up with the roots and words for the week. Here are my reasons:

1) Our school's trainer, Cornelius Minor stated the based on current research, we should only give students at the most five words per week. This gives students a chance to use them in their writing and reading through out the week. 

2) I ask my student's reading teacher what words/roots she would like me to go over for the week or I use ones that will make sense with our writing unit. For example, I used the word "chronological" since students had to "chronologically" write about an event in their writing unit. 

3) I use multiple resources for the "most used roots" that 7th graders will be able to use within a 7th grade text and/or test. 

4) I repeat a word(s) from the week before if the majority of the students miss it on their quiz.