The University of Iowa

Vocabulary - Kindergarten

Connect oral vocabulary to words in print (L.K.5; L.K.6)

  • Name pictures of common concepts and, with adult assistance, match the pictures to the words in print

Determine the relationships among words (L.K.5)

  • Identify and sort pictures of common words into basic categories such as colors, sizes, shapes, textures, opposites, and locations
  • Identify and use words that name actions, directions, positions, and sequences

Use context to determine word meanings (NA)1

  • Use illustrations and texts the student is able to read or hear to learn or clarify word meanings

English learner and bilingual footnotes

Teaching vocabulary learning strategies at the beginning stages of literacy development is particularly important for ELs.