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6 Ways to Practice Words to Expand Vocabulary

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Listen in and learn how these students are held accountable for expanding their vocabulary.

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Launching CAFE Vocabulary Strategies

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Get resources and tips for boosting student vocabulary. 

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Hollie Gebhardt Models Tune In to Interesting Words

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Learn how to keep your lessons short and focused.

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The Interactive CAFE Menu

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This is one of the most helpful resources on our website.

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Expanding Vocabulary–Falling in Love with Words

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Chandra Reiners and her sixth-grade students are falling in love with their word wall words.

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Expanding Vocabulary–Can We Talk About These Words?

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This simple technique keeps everyone ready to tune in to interesting words and helps promote the idea that it really is fun to expand our vocabularies.

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Chunk Letters and Sounds Together and Use Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of a Word

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Breaking big words into smaller chunks is a great strategy for all our readers. Here's what it looked like in this classroom.

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Expanding Vocabulary While Keeping the Teacher Informed

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Let's eavesdrop on this conference with a strong reader who is working to expand his vocabulary, using new words in his writing.

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Expanding Vocabulary with a 5th Grader, Part 2 of 2

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Listen in as Sinclair reflects on her book, and watch how Rachel and Gail implement a plan to boost her vocabulary.

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Expanding Vocabulary with a 5th Grader, Part 1 of 2

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Gail and Rachel Stephens come up with a plan to help Sinclair continue expanding her vocabulary in the first of a two-part series.

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2 Strategies for Expanding Vocabulary in Writing and Speaking

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This video models supporting children as they make the leap from collecting words to using them in their every day talking and writing.

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Four Strategies to Start The Year

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Though groups vary from year to year, we've found these four strategies carry a lot of valuable weight, so we not only begin with them, we continue to reinforce them throughout the year.

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Ask Someone to Define the Word for You–A Last Resort Strategy

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Janet models the vocabulary strategy of asking someone to define the word' in this whole class lesson. Find out why she tells the class this is a last resort strategy.

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Expanding Vocabulary While Using a High Level of Accountability with an ELL Student

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With so many of us encountering a greater variety of languages in our classroom and students just beginning to aquire english, we want to focus on vocabuarly through comprehension.

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Introducing Use the Dictionary and Demonstrating the Secret for Success

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In this Vocabulary lesson, Christie introduces Using the Dictonary, some strategies to be successful, and connects their learning to their familiar Word Collector.

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Library Lion By Michelle Knudsen

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We are always looking for a book that models what we are teaching students. Thank you Trish, for introducing us to this voracious lion.

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Word Collectors

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This simple tool helps students to expand their vocabulary.  

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A Big Word Collector for the Bulletin Board and How We Use It

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This chart is easy to make and a wonderful way to build new vocabulary together.

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A Lesson Demonstrating How to Tune In to Interesting Words

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The first lesson under Expand Vocabulary is Tune in to interesting words sounds and it sounds something like this, regardless of our students age.

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