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Vocabulary Lists and Activities for the PreK-2 Classroom

Vocabulary Lists and Activities for the PreK-2 Classroom
Integrating Vocabulary, Children’s Literature, and Think-Alouds to Enhance Literacy

  • Susan E. Israel - President and Director at Reading Alliance for Catholic Education

January 2013 | 144 pages | Corwin
Engage young children with this creative and strategic approach for building early literacy skills! This practical resource provides word lists, literature selections, and teaching strategies for building young learners' vocabulary and comprehension skills. Based on original research conducted by the author and Edward Fry, the lists are comprised of words used frequently by children in their writing, as well as additional words to enhance vocabulary and learning. Each thematic chapter offers: Literacy integrations for reading and writing in the classroomWriting prompts to integrate with journal activitiesRead-aloud suggestions from children's literatureThink-alouds to enhance vocabularySuggestions for parent involvement
About the Author
About the Guest Contributor
Introduction: Vocabulary Words for Primary Grade Students
Part I. Vocabulary Voices I Hear: Development of Vocabulary Through Oral Language Literacy
1. School Success
#1: Back to School

#2: People I Know

#3: Kindness Counts

#4: My Favorites

#5: Classroom Jobs

#6: Understanding Directions

#7: School Themes

#8: Parent Volunteers

2. Oh, the Words We Know!
#9: Witty Words We Know From A-Z

#10: Words We Use When We Go Places

#11: Dr. Seuss Fun

#12: Name Games

#13: My Word Wall

#14: ABC Books Resource List

3. Phonics and Team Work
#15: What to Say Instead of "Sound It Out"

#16: Words With R-Controlled Vowels

#17: "H" Brothers

#18: Cow Words

Part II. Read to Me Words: Building Rich Vocabulary Through Storybooks and Other Print-Rich Materials
4. New Genres
#19: What Are You Thinking?

#20: Books With Lessons

#21: We Are Special

#22. Wired Words

#23: Words I Know Web

5. Informational Storybooks by T. Lee Williams
#24: Nonfiction for Everyone

#25: Cookbook Fun

#26: Bugs and Brains

#27: Factual Fun

#28: Cultural Curiosity

6. Celebrations
#29: Happy Birthday

#30: Celebrating the 100th Day

#31: Holidays

#32: Seasonal Fun

#33: Literacy Day

Part III. How I Use Words I Can Read: Developing Vocabulary Literacy Through Writing
7. Writer's Learning New Words
#34: Writer's World Words

#35: Ideas for Writing

#36: Writing Prompts

#37: Creative Writing Connections

#38. Vocabulary Word List From Israel and Fry's Research

#39: Writing Responses

#40: Books to Help Children With Writing

Resource A: Vocabulary Self-Assessment
Resource B: Readings About Vocabulary
Resource C: Web Sites for Teaching Phonics and Learning to Read
Resource D: Science Vocabulary and Web Sites to Increase Critical Thinking
Resource E: Poetry Learning Centers
Resource F: Home-School Connections
Children's Book References

"Offers an organized resource for teaching vocabulary, and provides word lists, literature connections and extensions, journal prompts, and additional resources for teachers. The book's organization allows a teacher to pick and choose where to start and what to include."

Anita Barnes, Literacy and Math Specialist
Second Street School, Frankfort, KY

“A valuable resource for teachers who want to increase their students’ vocabulary. The author provides a guide for integrating vocabulary, writing, and other components of the writing process.”

Gustava Cooper-Baker, Principal
Sanford B. Ladd Elementary School, Kansas City, MO

Sample Materials & Chapters



Susan E. Israel

Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as President and Director of Reading Alliance for Catholic Education in Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University’s Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame... More About Author