Monday, December 31, 2012

wwwatanabe: Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools

Tracy Watanabe always digs into topics needed for teachers to add to their tool belts. This one is a must read, hence the reblog!  I don't want to forget the information about:

VOCABULARY !

Each word we read or write is chosen for a reason -- and building a rich vocabulary is key to reading for deeper understanding of texts and writing with clarity to communicate.

Read and learn strategies build vocabulary.  I especially like the new Google Research Tool in Google Drive.

I would also add Merriam-Websters Learner's Dictionary, which includes definitions for students that are reader-friendly, using only 39,000 of the most common words. More features and an app are available.

Another resource is Word Sift, an ELL tool by Stanford and Visual Thesaurus. Here's a tour for how it works. You insert text, and it sifts through the vocabulary, to which you can link to find a word web and definitions. It also produces visual examples and a sentence from the source text.

Be sure to read the comments for other strategies and this link to a terrific vocabulary infographic and Vocabulary A-Z with Common Core Tier 2 lists.

Here's Tracy's post:

wwwatanabe: Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools:

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