Mastering Vocabulary: A Key to Elementary Literacy [The Fab 5 of Literacy Series]

We know that teaching vocabulary is crucial for students to comprehend texts, but the importance of expanding students’ vocabulary goes far beyond understanding what they are reading in the classroom. Vocabulary in elementary education not only impacts comprehension but also how students engage with and understand the world.

Explicitly teaching vocabulary is incredibly beneficial and effective in expanding students’ vocabulary. In this episode, I am breaking down what vocabulary is, the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary, the research behind vocabulary instruction, and strategies you can implement to improve student vocabulary.

Next week, we’ll be wrapping up the “Fab 5 Components of Literacy,” where we’ll be talking all about comprehension. Be sure to follow or subscribe to The Literacy Lounge on your favorite podcast listening app so you don’t miss it! If you are enjoying this podcast, please leave a rating or review to help us reach more educators and make a bigger impact!

Episode Highlights:

04:36 What vocabulary is

09:58 Why explicit vocabulary instruction is crucial and strategies for explicit instruction

15:04 – The difference in explicit and incidental vocabulary teaching

22:33 – How vocabulary and comprehension are connected

31:05 – 5 ways you can help improve your students’ vocabulary

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This is a podcast designed for elementary school teachers and homeschool parents on a mission to master the art of literacy instruction and cultivate a love of reading in students. Join your host, Ciera Harris, as she opens the door to a world of transformative teaching strategies that will make you a literacy champion in your classroom.