Teaching Vocabulary with Technology

During this workshop, Misty will share strategies of vocabulary instruction based on Marzano's 6-step process for building academic vocabulary and how to apply those strategies in a meaningful way through technology integration. We will explore visual representations, conduct visual vocabulary field trips and use multimedia to show vocabulary knowledge. All information and resources will be stored on a wiki so that participants can refer back to the information long after the conclusion of the conference. Bring your laptop, iPad or other device so we can explore tiers of vocabulary together.

Workshop Agenda

As you arrive please do this:

Google "Critical Friends in Technology" and select the "Vocabulary Strategies" page.

Click the icon to the right "Today's Meet", our back channel for today. (what's this?)

What I hope to learn activity:

Click the following link and follow the prompt:

Vocabulary and Technology-lino


Virtual Field Trip! VOCABULARY

Your Assignment is in the right column.

Post your findings on the new lino:

Virtual Vocabulary Field Trip

Before we explore vocabulary in technology, let's learn our own
VOCABULARY terms we will need to be successful today.
We will do this by taking a VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP! Let's get started!

Using the graphic organizer at your table, first make some predictions
about what you will find out about concepts of vocabulary and it's research.

Once your predictions have been made, click the links below to
find out more about the terms and concepts.

Marzano's 6 Steps to Academic Vocabulary

Tier 1, 2 and 3 Vocabulary Words


Visual Dictionary



Thanks for playing along:)

Let's take a closer look at WordSift.

Copy and paste the following sentence into the WordSift Box:

The man was frustrated because his delivery was three hours late.
(Don't forget to click "sift".)

Now, click on the word "frustrated" and watch the boxes re-sift. There are visual representations in both image and video format as well as a visual thesaurus.

Please find more resources to the right!

Additional Resources:

Zunal: A free WebQuest Maker
YouTube: Could your students watch a
video to learn about your vocabulary term?

Building Academic Vocabulary Wiki

Guidelines for Using Three-Tier System


Web 2.0 Tools for Writing

Educational Videos: Alternatives to Youtube and Discovery Ed

List of Virtual Field Trips

list of virtual field trips from internet4classrooms

Scholastic Virtual Field Trips

Web 2.0 Presentation Tools

How to Identify Tier 2 Words

Building Academic Vocabulary

Digital Tools for Differentiating Vocabulary Instruction

Group discussion:

Building Academic Vocabulary by Robert Marzano

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Beck, McKeown, and Kucan

High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary Building Strategies Across Genres and Subjects by Holbrook and Salinger

With tips on:

  • Explanatory Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Writing Poetry

Words, Words, Words by Janet Allen

Google This:
//Words Words Words// Vocab resource pack.//pdf// - Ning

Teaching Vocabulary Through Technology Article and Video

Volume 1, Issue 9 – Teaching Vocabulary through Technology Article

Google this for the full article pdf version:

eVoc Strategies: 10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary

Or Click for the "cliff notes" version:)

Predicting Meaning Form

Sample Vocabulary Notebook Page

Please post online games you find on Today's Meet.
They will later be listed here!
Thank you for staying on a Saturday!!!

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Two samples of direction instruction of Marzano's 6 step process for building vocabulary:

Sample 2 can be viewed HERE.

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

What vocabulary strategies do you already know?

To the left is a photograph of a sample "Silent Graffiti" asking teachers this question.

Do you recognize these?

What others would you have added?

Scholastic Virtual Field Trips

Volcano Virtual Field Trip with Vocabulary Terms to Learn

Collection of Virtual Field Trips

Misty Burright is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and St. Joseph School District Teacher of the Year nominee who has taught in the elementary classroom and the visual art room. Being a Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Misty has conducted professional development sessions regarding visual art, writing and technology integration and is an adjunct professor for Northwest Missouri State University's Teacher Leadership Program. Misty has taught in a 1:1 iPad classroom, holds a BA in Art History, a Masters in Education and most recently received a Graduate Certificate in Writing from MWSU.

Vocabulary Information from previous Workshops Below:
Here are 5 research-based vocabulary strategies you can use tomorrow in your classroom:
1. Previewing Content Vocabulary: Inside Words by Janet Allen

This book is owned by many Lindbergh teachers and could be borrowed easily. Here is a link to this strategy as explained in Allen's book: Previewing Vocabulary: Who, When and How

2. Word Walls: Information below taken from page 3 of Word Walls: A Support for Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

  • Provide an approach to meaningful teaching of vocabulary with an emphasis on student engagement and higher level thinking skills;
  • Build vocabulary, thereby improving reading comprehension and writing style;
  • Reinforce understanding of subject-specific terminology with a focus on students internalizing key concepts;
  • Help students improve spelling and awareness of spelling patterns;
  • Provide visual clues for students;
  • Encourage increased student independence when reading and writing

Here are a few links to some Word Wall strategies and information I've found:

What are Word Walls?

Teacher's Corner

Using a Word Wall

Article: Interactive Word Walls


3. Word Sort: Open or Closed

A Word Sort is a vocabulary strategy using groups of words. An //Open Word Sort// allows students to focus on word parts and create categories for the words and sort them into those categories. During a //Closed Word Sort// students are given the categories to sort the list words in to.

Learn more at Just Read Now!

4. Vocabulary Logs, Journals and Notebooks

The notebook provides the learner an opportunity to:
  • Write the term.
  • Rate their knowledge level of the term.
  • Write examples, descriptions, or explanations of the term.
  • Draw a picture of the term
  • Add new ideas to the term as these are discussed in class.
  • Each __Academic Notebook Sheet__ provides space to insert two terms.

(From The Academic Vocabulary Project)

Vocabulary Notebook Sample Pack

Vocabulary Logs, Practice Activities and Word Lists

5. 30-15-10 List: Most commonly used 30 prefixes, 15 root words and 10 suffixes

The link below take you directly to Kelly Gallagher's text Deeper Reading. If you would like the list in PDF format, google "30-15-10 List". (For some reason I couldn't link to a PDF).
The 30-15-10 List

Additional information:

Video/Slide Show of Context Clues

Photo Slide Show of Vocabulary Strategies

Article: Nine Things Every Teacher Should Know About Words and Vocabulary

Article: Doing it Differently, Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

(Earlier this year in September, I did a workshop at Excelsior Springs Middle School regarding vocabulary and returned again in October to follow-up. This research is from that workshop.)

Notes from Professional Development Session with Rachel Billmeyer at Lindbergh Elementary, SJSD
January 3, 2011

What we know about vocabulary development: Rachel Billmeyer


Vocabulary is a big picture. There is lots to think about with vocabulary.
That's me strategy: Stand and say "that's me" when you hear a statement that refers to you.
(first year of teaching, got engaged, etc.) With students you might say "I've been to the zoo or I've been on vacation)

Benefits: engaging, getting to know students, movement in a structured way, everyone is envolved

Consider a management piece to pull group back together: Dr. Billmeyer prefers a chime.

Oral language development is huge. How we use language is huge. We learn that through lots of talking.

Group Grounging
Research of vocab ulary development
Indirect and Direct Practices
Reflect on Next Steps

NAPE indicates students who talk perform better on tests: The person doing the talking is doing the learning.

Strategy: People Search

1. Preview
2. select your favorite and sign your name in that box
3. Search for signatures from 15 people

How can you use this strategy to increase vocabulary?

Descriptions of words are more powerful than examples.

Research: What literacy strategy has the greatest impact on comprehension?

Vocabulary Literacy Strategies

vocabulary is correlated with family income
4700 hundred word difference in socio-ec status
mid-ses 1st grade know 50% more words

Marzano says bulding background knowledge is doable, alterable

Strategy: LET'S Connect

Listen, Engage, Think, Stop

How we teach academic vocabulary..refer to characteristics of effective academic vocabulary instruction page 3 and record your Most Vluable Point on page 4

Vocabulary Development: Comprehension approaches
1. Indirect opportuities
2. Direct opportunities

Indirect Approaches: (Pat Wolfe -Building the reading brain)
1. create word-consious students
2. Play with words in whimsical ways through puns, idioms,
3. Analyze how authors use words to convey meaning
4. Research word origins and history
5. Search for examples of words used in their everyday lives

READING EXTENSIVELY, then facilitate talk about the reading
INTERACTIVE ORAL READING (read item multiple times)
Characteristics (pg3)
CREATE WORD CONSIOUS LEARNERS (Fancy Nancy, Parts, Amelia Bedelia, Fred Gwinn books, In a Pickle, The Wavy Word Book, John Cheska, Get Thee to a Punnery, Miss Alanious the vocabulary disaster,

1. Selecting the critical words
2. Sequential 5 Step Process
3. Word Learning Strategies and Activities

3 Types of Vocabulary words (pg6):
Critical Words
Useful Words
Specialized Words

Concept Maps and Frayer Models