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Vocabulary development involves learning the meanings of new words and morphemes through direct and indirect instruction and developing tools to discover the meaning of an unknown word.
Vocabulary Lesson Resources
Robust Vocabulary Instruction
" ... Whilst words are learnt from context, one of the problems is that later vocabulary learning shifts from oral to written contexts ... "
Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins by
Publication Date: 2013-05-02
This new paperback edition of the Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins gives an engaging insight into the origins of the everyday language we use. It provides additional language support and information through funny and absorbing word histories, feature entries on especially curious,"yucky", and "mind-boggling" words, and a full thematic section on words from the worlds of food, fashion, dinosaur names, invented and onomatopoeic words and much more. John Ayto, top word expert, entertains all ages from eight to eighty with this informative and humorous dictionary and languagereference tool. Free downloadable learning resources, word games, puzzles, and much more are available for additional online support at www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools.
Once upon a Word by
Publication Date: 2020-02-25
Where do words come from?―Teaching kids ages 9 to 12 vocabulary through word origins The English language is made up of words from different places, events, and periods of time. Each of those words has an exciting story to tell us about where, when, how, and why they came about. Once Upon a Word is packed with easy-to-understand definitions and awesome word origin stories. With this dictionary for kids, you can understand the history and meaning of English words, improve your vocabulary and spelling, and learn to play with language. Explore how weird words like gnome, fun words like zombie, and common words like caterpillar came to exist. Discover why some words sound funnier than others (like cackle, sizzle, and twang) and why some groups of words start with the same few letters (like hydrate, hydrogen, and fire hydrant). In this dictionary for kids, there's a whole world of English words to uncover! This unique dictionary for kids includes: Roots & branches―Learn about the building blocks that make up words, called roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Kid-friendly definitions―Look up definitions designed for your reading level in this dictionary for kids. Word tidbits―Find out where your favorite food words got their start, from bacon to marshmallow, spaghetti, yogurt, and beyond. See how the English language evolved with this colorful dictionary for kids.
"Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in the reading process and is critical to reading comprehension. Children learn the meanings of most words indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language. Other words are learned through carefully designed instruction ... "