Students do not acquire
academic language simply by
listening to literate presentations
Provide a description, explanation, or
example of the new term.
When working with ELL students the
teacher should provide any cognates if
It is important to provide a visual
representation of the word.
Ask students to restate the description,
explanation, or example in their own
ELL students may write their definition in
their native language.
Ask students to construct a picture,
symbol, or graphic of the word.
This activity is critical to ELL students.
Engage students periodically in
activities that help them add to their
knowledge of the terms in their
Activities to deepen the students
understanding of the terms:
Vocabulary Word Box
Which one doesn’t belong? WHY?
sum is to add
product is to
sum is to add
product is to multiply
a book of definitions ABC order found in the back
of books, to help
may give many word descriptions understand word
different meanings meanings
parts of speech
sometimes has the
page number where
the word is found
Periodically ask students to discuss the
terms with one another.
Interaction deepens the
understanding of terms!
Turn and Talk
Review their descriptions and pictures with
Talk about new information they have learned.
Look for clarification
Share back with the whole class.
Clear up any misconceptions or confusion!!
Involve students periodically in games
that allow them to play with terms.
Bingo (template provided--add your own terms)