vocabulary routines


Vocabulary routines are instructional strategies used to teach vocabulary in the classroom. Here are some examples of vocabulary routines:
  1. Explicit Vocabulary Routine
    : This routine involves several steps:
    • Pronounce the word, write it, and read it aloud.
    • Provide a student-friendly definition.
    • Give more information about the word.
    • Ask yes or no questions about the word.
    • Have students use the word in a sentence.
  2. Flexible Vocabulary Routines
    : This routine involves four steps:
    • Teach the steps explicitly.
    • Post a visual that displays the steps.
    • Model what it looks like to use the routine.
    • Provide opportunities for students to practice using the routine.
  3. New Vocabulary Routine
    : This routine involves several steps:
    • Select several words from the text.
    • Write the words on a whiteboard or paper.
    • Ask students to define the words.
    • Engage in deep-processing activities by asking questions, using graphic organizers, or having students act out the word.
  4. Meaningful Vocabulary Activities
    : This routine involves several activities:
    • Write vocabulary short stories.
    • Put students in the "hot seat" and have them answer questions about vocabulary words.
    • Create vocabulary strips.
    • Play a round of Pictionary.
    • Encourage students to use vocabulary words in conversation and writing outside of the classroom.
  5. 10-Minute Vocabulary Routine
    : This routine involves several steps:
    • Introduce new words on Monday.
    • Provide examples and non-examples on Tuesday.
    • Introduce "wow" words on Wednesday.
    • Have students draw pictures of the words on Thursday.
    • Review the words on Friday.
These routines can help students learn new vocabulary words and improve their reading comprehension.


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