Vocabulary Goals in Special Education

This year, the Special Education Department is working toward a district goal of improving students’ vocabulary.  The goal that the district has set is “By 2017, 70% of students in grades 2-10 will demonstrate improvement in vocabulary skills by one point as measured by the MAPs assessment.  This goal will be an ongoing goal until 2020.”  

The following list contains the words that all elementary resource teachers are introducing and teaching our students that are currently on IEPs for academic assistance.  One word is taught and reviewed each week.  Students take both a pretest at the beginning of the quarter, and take a posttest at the end of the quarter over those same words, to see if they have been able to learn and understand those vocabulary words for that quarter.  

1st. Grade 2nd. Grade 3rd. Grade 4th Grade
1. gentle 1. alert 1. aware 1. analyze
2. fewer 2. angle 2. difference 2. acute angle
3. soon 3. classify 3. boast 3. atlas
4. near 4. area 4. digit 4. obtuse angle
5. behind 5. enough 5. weary 5. barter
6. subtraction 6. closest 6. division 6. capacity
7. blame 7. rare 7. amuse 7. glimpse
8. addition 8. congruent 8. fact 8. equivalent
9. chance 9. wander 9. churn 9. quiver
10. minus 10. dozen 10. intersect 10. expanded form
11. fancy 11. brook 11. mutter 11. contrast
12. ordinal number 12. estimate 12. operation 12. multiple
13. rush 13. cellar 13. gulp 13. array
14. prediction 14. foot 14. parallel 14. negative
15. stare 15. bandit 15. creep 15. diminish
16. similarity 16. height 16. percent 16. pentagon
17. tattle 17. fowl 17. indicate 17. absolutely
18. sum 18. odd 18. perpendicular 18. probability
19. fewer 19. annoy 19. buoy 19. ajar
20. coins 20. even 20. product 20. volume
21. near 21. blot 21. seize 21. condense
22. distance 22. solve 22. weight 22. statement
23. over 23. corral 23. babble 23. cringe
24. graph 24. yard 24. vertical 24. standard form
25. edge 25. desire 25. approximate 25. cease
26. group 26. round 26. symbol 26. trapezoid
27. center 27. dread 27. tether 27. coax
28. length 28. order 28. surface 28. persuade
29. flap 29. errand 29. chant 29. flimsy
30. pattern 30. mile 30. prism 30. mode
31. limit 31. fib 31. almanac 31. linger
32. direction 32. meter 32. ray 32. random
33. soak 33. heap 33. cinder 33. ornate
34. temperature 34. liter 34. prime number 34. quadrilateral
35. trot 35. limb 35. interpret 35. merit
36. decrease 36. data 36. polygon 36. origin

The method of instruction for these vocabulary words is Marzano’s Six Step Process to Teaching Academic Vocabulary.   The process is as follows:

  1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (Include a non-linguistic representation of the term for ESL kids.)
  1. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. (Allow students whose primary existing knowledge base is still in their native language to write in it.)
  1. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.
  1. Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
  1. Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another. (Allow in native language when appropriate)

      6. Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play    

          with terms.

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