Strategy

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet

UDL 2.1 UDL 6.4

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet (Kinsella/Feldman, 2004) can be incorporated into lessons to help students with language learning needs to pre-assess their knowledge of key vocabulary as they are encountering new words. This process increases student engagement and active involvement, activates prior background knowledge and prepares the student to learn and incorporate new words into his/her vocabulary. When using the vocabulary knowledge rating sheet during explicit vocabulary instruction, the teacher introduces a word or list of words by writing the vocabulary list on a whiteboard. Students then transfer the list by first reading the word aloud with the teacher and then writing the word on the vocabulary knowledge rating sheet. For each word, the students individually rate their prior knowledge of the word on a scale of 1-4. * 4 – I can use/teach the word. * 3 – I can define the word. * 2 – I have heard or seen this word before. * 1 – I have never seen or heard this word before. Once the students have self-assessed, they write what they think the word means on the vocabulary rating sheet. Throughout the lesson, the teacher explicitly teaches the meaning of the word by pronouncing, explaining through examples, providing the context and common usage of the words. At the end of the lesson, students reassess their word knowledge using the 4-point scale.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Planning Guide

Academic Vocabulary Teacher Planning Template

This simple 1-page planning template can be used by teachers to determine which academic vocabulary words to focus on for direct instruction. The planning template incorporates research-based vocabulary selection guidelines (Kinsella and Feldman, 2005) so that direct instruction is focused on the most high-value academic vocabulary (i.e. Tier 2 Academic Vocabulary). .

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Language · 3 pages


Self-Assessment Tool

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet can be incorporated into lessons to help students with language learning needs to pre-assess their knowledge of key vocabulary as they are encountering new words. This 1-page sheet allows students to rate a vocabulary word from from 1-4 categories: (1) Never seen/heard (2) Have seen/heard (3) Can define word (4) Can Use/teach word. Allows students to activate background knowledge and also demonstrate progress by re-assessing their understanding of the words after instruction.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Language · 1 pages


Implementation Tips

Picture Column
The vocabulary knowledge rating sheet can be adapted depending on the specific needs of the class and students. For example, some teachers have added a column to draw a picture of the vocabulary word. This might help students who have challenges with writing or students who may understand the concept of the word, but haven’t developed enough vocabulary to describe the term using English language.
Student Ownership
When the teacher introduces new vocabulary throughout the lesson, have the students write these words on the vocabulary knowledge rating sheets and rate their knowledge of the words. In this way, students realize that learning vocabulary is an interactive and ongoing process.
AAC Device
Students communicating with an AAC device can also learn how to assess knowledge of words using the vocabulary knowledge rating scale. You can preprogram the words into the student’s device and have the student use a 4-point rating scale to assess his/her knowledge of the words.
Multiple Vocabulary Supports
Consider using the vocabulary rating sheet in conjunction with with tools such as a Frayer Model to help students deepen their understanding of words they might have self-rated as a (1) or a (2).
Template
Download a template of the [[ https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B46devG_2h51SUdfZnYzMVFHaFE/edit?usp=sharing | Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Scale ]]

Examples

Science
The vocabulary knowledge rating sheet can be used during a 7th grade science unit on photosynthesis to introduce key vocabulary such as photosynthesis, chlorophyll, respiration, experiment and light. In addition, students can also draw pictures of the word meanings.
Math
In math students are learning key core concepts such as circle, circumference, radius, pi and radius. The teacher introduces the unit with the vocabulary knowledge rating sheet at the beginning of the lesson. At the end of the unit students reassess their knowledge and learning of the key vocabulary.
Social Studies
During a 12th grade introductory unit in government class, students are asked to pre-assess their knowledge of core vocabulary such as government, congress, power, legislative, judicial and executive. During the lesson, the teacher engages the students in conversation and activities that are related to learning about the key terms.

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