The Making Meaning Vocabulary program is based on the latest research about word work. The program features engaging, interactive activities that teach independent word-learning strategies. It uses cooperative structures and prompts that help students develop familiarity with and ownership of new words and language.

Key Program Features

Support of Comprehension Instruction with Word Study

This program is designed to be taught in conjunction with the Making Meaning program. This supplement teaches high-utility words found in the read-aloud texts along with strategies that students can use to unlock word meanings when they are reading independently.

Vocabulary Selection

By using words from the books taught in the Making Meaning program, students learn words in context. Developers chose Tier II words; vivid verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; words with multiple meanings; words that use prefixes and suffixes to determine word meaning; and words that are compelling for students to learn and use.

Social Development

Like the Making Meaning program, the Vocabulary supplement helps students develop socially and ethically, as well as academically, by integrating partner work into word study. Word work using the cooperative structures “Think, Pair, Share” and “Turn to Your Partner” helps students develop caring and respectful relationships and creates a safe environment for sharing their thinking.

Independent Word-learning Strategies

Students learn the meanings of words and use them in context. As they progress through the program, they learn to recognize synonyms, antonyms, and words with multiple meanings; use context clues, prefixes, and suffixes; and analyze compound words.

Word–Life Connections

Students answer questions that require them to think more deeply about the words and relate them to their own experiences.

Student Engagement

Partner work makes the program participatory, interactive, and fun. Activities include acting out words, finishing stories, playing word games, using scenarios, and making word choices.

Use of Prompts

Explicit prompts help students use vocabulary words in conversation, increasing retention.