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Developing Vocabulary and Oral language in Young Children

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This book presents the most effective instructional strategies for promoting vocabulary growth in the early grades, when the interdependence of word learning and oral language development is especially strong.

The authors guide teachers in choosing the best materials and in fostering home-school connections, and share six key principles for building vocabulary.

Included are guiding questions; text boxes connecting vocabulary to the Common Core State Standards; examples from real teachers; reproducible checklists, rubrics, and other tools; and an appendix of additional vocabulary resources. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

*Guides PreK–2 teachers through explicit, differentiated vocabulary instruction.

*Describes unique methods for teaching vocabulary to students who are not yet fluent readers.

*Provides six key principles for promoting breadth and depth of word learning.

*Explains the connections between oral language skills and vocabulary growth.

*Numerous text boxes highlight the place of vocabulary in the Common Core State Standards.

This Book is For
PreK–2 classroom teachers; reading specialists and coaches; special educators; teacher educators and graduate students


1. The Importance of Vocabulary Breadth and Depth
2. Principles of Effective Vocabulary Instruction
3. Explicit and Extended Vocabulary Instruction
4. Word Learning and Word Use in a Language Rich Environment
5. Word Awareness and Independent Word Learning
6. Assessing Vocabulary Knowledge
7. Differentiating Vocabulary Instruction
8. Using Multimedia to Support Word Learning in the Digital Age
9. Home–School Connections to Support Word Learning
10. Implementing Vocabulary Instruction in Prekindergarten through Second-Grade Classrooms
Appendix. Resources for Vocabulary Instruction



'This book provides everything you want to know about vocabulary for young children--as well as everything you didnt know you wanted to know. I cant think of anything about vocabulary acquisition, instruction, and assessment that is not included. A hallmark of the book is the suggestions the authors offer about how teachers can incorporate vocabulary development in typical primary grades reading and writing instruction.'--Isabel L. Beck, PhD, University of Pittsburgh (Emerita)


'The best time to help children bolster their vocabularies--particularly children who enter school with vocabularies weaker than those of their peers--is as soon as possible. In this solidly researched and well-crafted book, Silverman and Meyer focus their considerable expertise on vocabulary instruction for children in PreK-2. Among the many strengths of the book are its focus on both breadth and depth, its myriad classroom examples, and its strong research base.'--Michael F. Graves, PhD, University of Minnesota (Emeritus)

‘‘I love this book--it is the right book at the right time! The centrality of language to literacy success is now widely recognized, but this is the first book for aspiring early childhood teachers that discusses language and reading in a way that builds conceptual understanding while providing research-based guidance for practice. It is already on the reading list for my course.’‘--David K. Dickinson, EdD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University

‘‘Silverman and Meyer make it easy to understand the importance of vocabulary development in young students. Their in-depth explanations of several research-based strategies will help build students’ vocabularies, while real-life examples make each of the strategies easily applicable in daily teaching practices. As an early childhood educator, I recommend this book to anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge of vocabulary development and enhance their instruction.’‘
—Lisa Manna, BA, kindergarten teacher, Port Towns Elementary School, Prince George’s County, Maryland


The Authors

Rebecca D. Silverman, EdD, is Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, where she teaches classes and conducts research on reading and writing in early childhood and elementary school classrooms. Her research focuses on vocabulary and comprehension of diverse children, particularly English language learners and children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Silverman has led two federally funded grants focused on vocabulary and comprehension and has published studies in journals including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Reading Research Quarterly, and the Elementary School Journal.

Anna G. Meyer, EdM, is Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland, where she also serves as Project Director for the Reading Buddies Research Project. Her research focuses on the instruction and inclusion of students with disabilities and their peers in the areas of reading and writing. She has managed locally and federally funded projects, contributed to presentations at national conferences, and coauthored publications in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly and the Elementary School Journal.


Authors: silverman and Meyer  Pub USA  Dec 2014  Pbk 258 pages


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