The University of Iowa

Vocabulary and Language

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

Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide

In order to support families as schools provide virtual instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, this guide offers tips on establishing home learning areas, improving the home-based learning experience, and utilizing web resources for students kindergarten-Grade 6 and Grades 7-12 in the subjects of English-language arts, science, social studies, and history. Web resources for assistive technology for home learning are also included for students with reading disabilities.

PDF iconSupporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning Guide

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.

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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