Developing A Vivid Vocabulary

In 4B, we are always working hard to improve our vocabularies.

Having a good vocabulary assists us with reading, writing, speaking and listening. To improve our vocabularies in class we:

  • Identify interesting words in the texts we read during our whole class mini lessons
  • Implement the “Expanding Vocabulary” component of the CAFE reading approach
  • Maintain an individual “interesting word list” on our iPads
  • Clarify unique or unfamiliar words during Guided Reading and Reciprocal Reading sessions
  • Investigate synonyms and antonyms
  • Discuss the words that authors use in their books
  • Focus on the “word choice” writing trait.

This term as an extra homework task, each student will present some interesting words to the class. We have already had six students prepare and share their words with the class. The students write their words on cards for our class vocabulary wall.

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Val, Emma, Jarrah, Rachel, Ted and Rocker also prepared a slideshow of their words for the class. You can view their slides below.

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Can you write a comment using some interesting words?

What authors use interesting words in their books?

Can you think of an interesting synonym for an ordinary word?

Homophone Comics

In writing, we recently learnt more about homophones.

A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and is spelt differently. We use homophones all the time! It is important to understand homophones, as they form a large part of our vocabularies.

Common examples that we use regularly include:

  • to, too, two
  • there, their, they’re
  • here, hear
  • for, four
  • I, eye
  • no, know
  • one, won

The list goes on! Homophones are everywhere!

After discussing lots of different homophones and their meanings, students used the Comic Maker HD app on their iPads to demonstrate their knowledge. Below are some of the homophone comics the 4B students made.

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What homophones do you regularly use?

Can you write a blog comment using several different homophones?

Expanding Our Vocabulary

In 4B, we are always expanding our vocabularies.

We regularly come across new and interesting words in our reading, and we work together to define these words so that they can be used in our writing and speaking. We also discuss the different types of words in our language.

All students have vocabulary lists on their iPads that they made using Google Sheets. When students notice interesting words in their reading, they add the word, definition and a sentence in this list.

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In our literacy sessions, we often refer to:

  • Nouns
  • Proper nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Adjectives
  • Contractions
  • Conjunctions
  • Compound words
  • Homophones
  • Homonyms
  • Acronyms
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes

It can be tricky to remember all of the types of words we use. The slideshow below gives a brief description of some of the different words we see when we read.

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To help us keep track of the different types of words we come across, Miss Jordan made some vocabulary definition posters for our classroom.

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You can find the posters in our Vocabulary page at the top of our blog.

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Can you give some examples of these different types of words?

Can you write a comment that includes some types of these words?

Tune Into Interesting Words

This week our reading strategy is Tune Into Interesting Words.

This strategy is part of the expand vocabulary area of reading. Good readers have a great vocabulary, which means they know and understand the meaning of lots of different words.

Tune into interesting words means you stop and think about words that are new, different or unusual while you read.

Knowing what these words mean helps you in all areas of literacy, as it improves your comprehension while reading and you can use the interesting words in your writing. Understanding interesting words also helps you with your speaking and listening.

In class, we have been recording interesting words from our class novel, picture story books and independent reading texts. Our challenge is to remember these words to use them in the future!

Miss Jordan looked through some books on her bookshelf at home and found lots of interesting words. She used Tagxedo to create a word cloud to share the words.

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What interesting words do you know?

Can you write a blog comment including lots of interesting vocabulary? Ensure it makes sense!

Reading Strategy: Tune Into Interesting Words

Reading is a big part of our day.

We use the CAFE model in our Literacy Block every day. Each week we focus on a different CAFE reading strategy in class. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. All of these areas of reading are extremely important and good readers know they need to read regularly to improve their skills.

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This week our reading strategy is Tune Into Interesting Words. This strategy is part of the expand vocabulary area of reading. Good readers have a great vocabulary, which means they know and understand the meaning of lots of different words.

Tune in to interesting words means you stop and think about words that are new, different or unusual while you read.

Knowing what these words mean helps you in all areas of literacy, as it improves your comprehension while reading and you can use the interesting words in your writing. Understanding interesting words also helps you with your speaking and listening.

Miss Jordan looked through some books on her bookshelf at home and found lots of interesting words. She used Tagxedo to create a word cloud to share the words.

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We would love to know what words you have come across when reading. Submit an interesting word you have noticed during reading into our Answer Garden below.

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What interesting words do you know?

Can you write us a blog comment including lots of interesting vocabulary?

What is your favourite reading strategy?