SLP Corner: 5 Tips to Maximize Your Vocabulary Instruction
[Source: The ASHA Leader Blog]
As a speech-language pathologist working to close the achievement gap in a charter school system, I’m always looking for the latest evidence-based practice recommendations for vocabulary instruction. Vocabulary skills contribute to word reading, writing, listening and reading comprehension skills, so I make vocabulary a priority in my day-to-day work with students. I recently read the November issue of ASHA’s SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, and found some wonderful ideas for maximizing vocabulary instruction.
I used these ideas to create an interactive book-reading lesson I’m planning (see below) for an upcoming winter unit using the book “The Three Snow Bears” by Jan Brett. The book guide includes target vocabulary and comprehension questions for use in repeated interactive read-alouds, as well as activities you can customize to address a variety of speech and language skills.