University of Iowa

Vocabulary and Language

Readers understand the words and concepts they read, write, hear and say.

Compound Word Meaning

With this graphic organizer, children can identify and define the two words that were combined to make a compound word and use that information to define the compound word. This can help develop morphological knowledge, or the ability to identify and manipulate the smallest units of meaning within a word.

PDF iconCompound Word Meaning

Keyword Mnemonics Checklist

Students can use this checklist to make sure they are properly following all the components of the keyword mnemonics strategy in order to remember the definition of the target vocabulary word.

PDF iconKeyword Mnemonics Checklist

Look, Listen, and Think

Help young readers when they encounter unfamiliar word by helping them to look, listen, and think about the word with these questions.

PDF iconSet of Look, Listen, and Think bookmarks

Interactive Reading Guide Book Inserts

This guide can be put in every book at home or in the classroom library to help plan new vocabulary and questions you want to include when reading with children in order to facilitate dialogic reading.

PDF iconSet of Interactive Reading Guide Book Inserts

Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Template

Guide your thinking, organize your decisions, and create active practice activities related to explicit vocabulary instruction. This resource is divided into the five major aspects of explicit vocabulary instruction and includes guiding questions to ground your planning in evidence-based practices.

PDF iconExplicit Vocabulary Instruction Template

Teacher in front of class during vocabulary instruction

Attributes of Effective Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

By:  
Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: October 31, 2017
Teaching a word through explicit vocabulary instruction involves multiple steps to ensure deeper student understanding of essential words and increased reading comprehension.