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Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary builder
Ivy League Vocabulary
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in 2nd through 10th grade!  Learn more...


Vocabulary is very important to reading comprehension. Readers cannot understand what they are reading without knowing what most of the words mean. As children learn to read more advanced texts, they must learn the meaning of new words.

How do children learn vocabulary?
Children learn the meanings of most vocabulary words indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language. Here's how ...

What words should you teach?
You won't be able to directly teach all the vocabulary words in a text that they might not already know. In fact, there are several reasons why you should not directly teach all unknown words. Read more ...

Examples of multiple-meaning vocabulary words that can be difficult:

  • Words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently - sow (a female pig); sow (to plant seeds) bow (a knot with loops); bow (the front of a ship)

  • Words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings - mail (letters, cards, and packages); mail (a type of armor) ray (a narrow beam of light); ray (a type of fish); ray (part of a line)

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