There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.
Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with new vocabulary. Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts, and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize them. ThingLink is well-suited for the task and to illustrate this we are Building the Ultimate Word Wall!