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Vocabulary Acquisition Lesson Plan

Grade Level:
First Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade

Standards Addressed Within This Lesson:


Expanded Core Curriculum for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Comprehension: Student participates in experiences that increase vocabulary and background knowledge to improve comprehension. Concept Development: Student selects appropriate resource to complete assignments (encyclopedia, dictionary, internet, etc.) Student uses problem solving to meet personal needs, resolve conflicts, and make decisions.

IEP Goals: 1st Grade:


In 36 instructional weeks, when given five vocabulary words taken from the first grade reading series, the student will be able to match the vocabulary words to their definitions with 100% accuracy in 3 out of 4 consecutive trials. In 36 instructional weeks, when given oral and/or written vocabulary tests over 12 words chosen from grade level general education materials, the student will score 92% or higher in 4 out of 5 consecutive data points. In 36 instructional weeks, when given a list of ten vocabulary words from the first grade reading series, the student will use sign language to define the words presented to her with 90% accuracy in three consecutive data points.

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

State of Iowa Core Content Standards and Grade Level Benchmarks: 1st Grade:
Standard Language

Benchmark Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

4th Grade:
Reading Standard for Informational Text: Craft and Structure Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade four topic or subject area. Reading Standard for Literature: Craft and Structure Benchmark: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.

5th Grade:
Standard Language Benchmark Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

District Standard and Grade Level Benchmarks: 1st Grade:


Standard: Students listen, view, and speak for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts Benchmark: Listen for a variety of purposes using effective techniques Benchmark: Speak for a variety of purposes using effective techniques Standard: Students read and interpret a wide range of print and non-print texts to build understanding and achieve personal fulfillment. Benchmark: Apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. Standard: Students read and interpret a wide range of print and non-print texts to build understanding and achieve personal fulfillment. Benchmark: Apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

Lesson Plan:
1st and 5th grade students will document words that they don't understand as they come across them within their reading series. 4th grade students will write down content vocabulary words that they don't understand as they come across them within the context of their general education classroom. Students will choose one word to work on at a time. Using their own student page on our classroom vocabulary web site, each student will document what they think they know about a particular word that they didn't understand

when they came across it in class. (This may be done in the form of a bulleted list or documented on a concept map using Popplet.) Students will use whatever tools they find most useful to figure out the meaning of that word. (some such tools may be ASLpro.com, an online sign language dictionary, our classroom sign language software, google images, a dictionary, a google search, etc.) Students will make one product that displays their new understanding of the word. This may include one or more of the following: examples and nonexamples of a word, a definition in their own words, a visual representation of the word, synonyms and antonyms for the word. The more creative the better. It is not acceptable to simply copy down the definition of the word from the dictionary. These products may be created using Wordle, Photovisi, or Popplet. These will be websites that students are already familiar with. As we introduce more websites to the classroom, such as Animoto, Voicethread, Voki, GoAnimate, etc. students will be able to use these websites as choices for their representations as well. This will be an ongoing project that students will add to throughout the year.

Additional Information:
For information on how this lesson addresses students prior knowledge and misconceptions, teaches metacognition, and uses inquiry, please visit: http://missewendsclassroomvocabulary.weebly.com/justification.html.