Friday, August 3, 2012
Symbol Word Walls & Dictionaries
In many of my posts I have talked about the need for core words. With this comes the need for additional classroom supports such as word walls and symbol friendly dictionaries. Every classroom should have a word wall of high frequency and content based core vocabulary. Without having access to and understanding of core vocabulary including content based, students are not able to access your instruction and related content. This also involves spending time teaching the core words (high frequency & content based) all the time. We know that project based learning can be very helpful when students struggle with communication and language based disabilities. This is also true of second language learners. Applied contextual based instruction in meaningful learning activities will help make the connections with the language. Here are some examples of word walls and symbol friendly dictionaries.