Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
Enrich students' vocabulary by providing visual tools as a valuable resource for anchoring vocabulary instruction. Give students a mental image of a word's meaning through placing a new word such as the name of an animal in the center of a concept web and identifying types or traits of the animal in the areas connected to the center of the web.
Why Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
Though no particular method for teaching vocabulary has been identified as best (Beck & McKeown, 1991), a number of instructional strategies such as identifying synonyms and antonyms, providing examples and nonexamples, and relating words to one's own life, have yielded growth in students' vocabulary. Reading A-Z offers many printable or projectable graphic organizers that are appropriate tools in vocabulary instruction.
How to Use Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
Review each student's Vocabulary Graphic Organizer carefully. Common traits will be seen when students fill out their graphic organizers, but no two graphic organizers will be exactly alike.
- Use Vocabulary Graphic Organizers as a before, during, or after reading activity. Set a purpose for reading by asking students to list words they don't know on a graphic organizer and look for evidence in the text to fill in their graphic organizer.
- Use Vocabulary Graphic Organizers as assessment tools to get a quick reference on your students' vocabulary knowledge.
- Use them when teaching a foreign language to help students memorize words and phrases and the context in which they were found.