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Tennessee Academic Vocabulary. Format. Brief review topic of academic vocabulary topic Break into small groups to discuss how to best teach the pertinent vocabulary of a specific science standard Discuss whole group.

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  • Brief review topic of academic vocabulary topic
  • Break into small groups to discuss how to best teach the pertinent vocabulary of a specific science standard
  • Discuss whole group

Basically, Marzano stresses dual coding of linguistic and non-linguistic information storage: linguistic and imagery. Teaching children through both means helps children “elaborate” on the knowledge and thus better grasp the concepts associated with vocabulary in multiple modes. It could be considered analogous to the multiple solution paths of CRA.

*graphic representations

*generating mental pictures

*drawing pictures and pictographs

*kinesthetic activity


“The research and theory underlying the recommendations made here have been detailed in the book Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement (Marzano, 2004).”


Marzano proposes that new vocabulary words be taught in semantic clusters, groups of related words identifiable under a hypernym or organizing principle, to provide “necessary associations of new words to old words.”


tn academic vocabulary site
TN Academic Vocabulary Site

“To facilitate this cumulative effect (of internalizing academic vocabulary) it is highly advisable for students to keep an ‘academic vocabulary’ notebook that contains the terms and phrases that have been taught.”


marzano s six steps
Marzano’s Six Steps
  • Provide a description, explanation or example of the new term.
  • Ask students to restate in their own words.
  • Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.
  • Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge about the terms.
  • Ask students to talk about the terms with each other.
  • Use games to reinforce understanding.
  • http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/
  • http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson328b.shtml
  • The words by grade and subject in a chart form:
  • http://www.rce.k12tn.net/tennessee_academic_vocabulary.htm

This Wiki contains a easily accessible booklet explanation of Marzano’s Six Steps for teaching academic vocabulary with resources at each step:


Flashcards and Games




Voice Thread


more resources from stephanie smith at linden on oak ridge
More Resources from Stephanie Smith at Linden on Oak Ridge

1. www.vocabulary.co.il/ This site has on-line games

2. www.sheppardsoftware.com This site has language arts games

3. www.playkidsgames.com This site has a place to create your own list of words on a game with definitions

4. www.fcrr.org/ This is the Florida Center for Reading Research. It has games (learning centers) to be printed out and used.

5. www.pppst.com This site is Pete’s PowerPoint Station. It has links to power points, games and other resources related to just about anything!

Groups: Discuss and record on the chart paper how you would introduce and reinforce academic vocabulary related to the following:

Pre-K and K: Plant life using read aloud.

Grades 1 and 2: Plants using Guided Reading Groups.

Grade 3: Plant biology using “game-oriented” activities with or without Smartboard.

Grades 4 and 5: Plant biology using charting and graphic organizers.

address the following for group discussion
Address the Following for Group Discussion:
  • Development of the approach you would use
  • Integration of vocabulary into five subject notebook
  • Advantages and limitations of your group’s method
  • Differentiation
group roles
Group Roles
  • Recorder
  • Summarizer
  • Six Step Expert
  • Researcher/Gatherer
  • Presenter
  • Graphic Designer

Poem Crazy: Freeing Your Life with Words

by Susan Wooldridge (1997)

“The great thing about collecting words is that they’re free; you can borrow them, trade them in, or toss them out. Words are lightweight, portable, and they’re everywhere!”