This short lesson is meant to be used as part of a daily lesson on every Friday. Every Friday we have a short quiz before our lesson of the day.
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) Use my weekly vocabulary sheet and study by myself or with a partner
3) Do my best on the quiz!***
I will have students do a class-wide choral read of the words. They will then have five minutes to study the meaning of the words and root.
A rule I implemented in the first week they received vocabulary words (the second week of school) is that they have to call home if they receive below a C. I started with half of the class receiving a D (we have a lot of homework issues), now and up to 80% of the class getting a C or better.
*All weeks are included in the first lesson of this unit.
**Example of roots word wall in which roots from past weeks are placed
***All weeks quizzes are below
The students took a 7th grade Interim reading test. The group I have for writing scored low on vocabulary. I have added for students to circle the context clues they are using to determine or check the meaning of words during the quiz. When students score low on vocabulary on a reading test, I am always unsure if students didn't know the meaning of the word or do not know how to use context clues. Adding this to the quiz will give me and their reading teacher more information.
After a couple of week of having students circle the context clues, I may change their vocabulary worksheet in order for students to practice context clues (adding a short story or sentences for example).