Word Nerds

Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary

Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Along the way, they turn every student into a lover of language.

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Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Alo...read more

About the Author(s)

Brenda J. Overturf began her career as a classroom teacher, working for eighteen years at the elementary and middle school levels, before she coordinated K-12 reading for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She also served as chair of the M.Ed.

Leslie Montgomery is an intermediate-grades teacher at Gavin H. Cochran Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Margot Holmes Smith is a reading and math intervention teacher for fourth and fifth grades at Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to becoming an intervention teacher, she taught third and fourth grades at Atkinson.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: What's the Big Deal About Vocabulary Instruction?

Chapter 2: Classrooms That Foster Word Confidence
Chapter 3: Making Introductions
Chapter 4: Squeezing the Juicy Words -- Adding Synonyms and Antonyms
Chapter 5: Active Vocabulary Practice
Chapter 6: Celebrating to Validate
Chapter 7: Spreading Vocabulary Wings
Chapter 8: Learning Through Assessment
Epilogue: End of the Year
Appendixes
References
Index

Resources

Product Details

Grade Range: K-6
Media: 184 pp/paper
Year: 2013
Item No: WEB-0954
ISBN: 978-157110-954-5

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