Marzano's Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction

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Click here to download Descriptors of all Six Steps
Last year we had Mark Fosseid of Marzano Research Associates, in for some high quality professional development on Academic Vocabulary Instruction.  After two days, we had developed essential vocabulary words in science, K-5.  See below:

Click here to download Lake Myra Essential Vocabulary

Vertical PLT's are also in the process of developing essential lists for Math, Language Arts and Social Studies.  The way words end up on the list is based on a set of criteria recommend my Marzano & Associates.  Vocabulary Notebooks are also in practice in all K-5 classrooms and is an academic accountability component of our School Improvement Plan (SIP).

Using "tights and looses" language, vocabulary notebooks are a tight, the physical way they look and kept are classroom looses...teachers and grade levels decide this piece.  Teachers at our school mostly use two options for the notebook itself...a composition book or xerox templates.
Here is an example of pre-made templates from the Fresno Unified School District.

Here is a first grade example from Lake Myra last year, most teachers use composition books as we are "going green" schoolwide and reducing the amount of paper and xeroxes we use.

Other vocabulary resources:



Mrs. Roper said...

Do you have Marzano's Vocabulary games book? If so do you like it and feel it is worth the money? Not sure if I should buy it or not???

SCTiger said...

This is great! Thank you! I am so impressed with your blog.

KBJohnsn said...

I love the real examples from first graders... it makes it so "do-able". Thank you!

Unknown said...

It was so nice of you to share this wonderful information! Thank you! I can't wait to see what your next post brings!
5th Grade Tomfoolery

lpuentes said...

How is the vocabulary notebook organized? ABC order, date introduced, subject???


Unknown said...

Great question! I will be addressing in my Tier 2 Vocabulary and Text Complexity blog post this week. I'm working on will be a meaty post.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you for keeping this going! I just found out that I am teaching First grade after teaching 5/6 for 12 years. Major shock that was! This has relieved some of my anxiety.

JanCT said...

I just came to your blog, because I KNEW I would find a wealth of information about teaching vocabulary. I am thinking that my goal for next year will be focused on improving my vocabulary instruction. Thanks!

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