Friday, October 2, 2015

Thanksgiving on Thursday: Mentor Text for Vocabulary

Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.
Hello, I am excited to join in this fall blog hop.  As you might know from earlier posts, I am a Magic Tree House fanatic.  The fall is the perfect time to talk about Magic Tree House.  Thanksgiving on Thursday is a wonderful addition to your fall catalog.
Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.

Dynamic Vocabulary Instruction

Dynamic vocabulary instruction makes all the difference when exposing students to vocabulary above their reading level.  We shouldn't limit the words they are exposed to based on their reading level or perceived comprehension level.  When vocabulary is discussed, developed, and used in a context that is understandable, students will grow as readers and wordsmiths.

Lesson Introduction

Before we start a new Magic Tree House book, we always discuss words that may be stumbling blocks.  These words are discussed with illustrations where possible.  Some words are not discussed before reading, but are discussed both while reading or after reading.  On page 27 the word "fowling" is introduced and defined on the same page.  This word should be revisited after the chapter, but it is unnecessary to discuss it at the beginning of the book.  Students should be taught to allow the text to define the words, as well.

Vocabulary Cards

Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.As students are listening to reading, allow them to be active listeners.  When words are pretaught, they can help respond to the vocabulary as they are read in the story.  Before reading the chapter of the day, pass out the vocabulary cards.  That student is responsible for listening for that particular word.  They let the class know when the word is read and what the word means.  Of course, not all words are read each day, but a quick review can help them remember the words.

Encouraging Vocabulary Use

Students should be encouraged to use the vocabulary words in their writing and in their centers.  Squiggles is a perfect time to add vocabulary words.  If they are illustrating a house, they can add a thatched roof.  When they are drawing about food, it can be cooked on a spit or a hearth.  They can add a feast to a dinner table or have a bare tree in the yard.  Adding a special sticker or a star on the work for using vocabulary can add incentive to our students.  During a squiggle center in December, this student drew a picture of a spit and wrote the sentences, "I see the fish cooking on the spit.  This fish is over the fire."
Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.
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If you would like the FREEBIE Thanksgiving on Thursday Vocabulary Card Set, CLICK HERE.

WARNING:  The Vocabulary Card Set includes a musket, you can use that word at your discretion.

6 comments:

  1. The vocabulary cards will be perfect for my 2nd grader who struggles with unfamiliar words. Thank You Cathy!

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  2. I really love how you walked through this lesson and how to teach vocabulary...straight out of Bringing Words to Life! The MTH books are just filled with tier 2 words, and I loved your comment about not restricting kids to their perceived level. The same can be said for using picture books with big kids. Many are filled with rich vocabulary despite their smaller size. Thanks for the freebie and for joining in at a stressful time!

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    1. Carla, I completely agree. Let's see what they can do, let's not determine what they can do.

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  3. Great description of how to engage students with vocabulary while reading.

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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