Here are the top five word lists recommended by Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer and publisher of primary programs for Scholastic Education. Use them for vocabulary instruction in your own classroom!

Compound Words (PDF)
Two for the price of one! Compound words can double student word knowledge. (Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades by Wiley Blevins, 2001, Scholastic Inc. in the Teacher Store.)

Most Common Prefixes / Most Common Suffixes (PDF)
This list not only provides the meaning but also a key word to use as an example of each prefix and suffix. (Teaching Reading Sourcebook: For Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade, Bill Honig, Linda Diamond and Linda Gutlohn, 2000, CORE.)

Instant Words
This list provides 1000 words to grow on; it comes from my top pick for making word lists: The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, Fourth Edition (2000, Prentice Hall).

A New Academic Word List
Thank you Dr. Kate Kinsella of San Francisco State University! You introduced me to a more up-to-date list of words. This list addresses the needs of English Language Learners who are developing the vocabulary they need to succeed in school and beyond. (Coxhead, A. 2000, A New Academic Word List, TESOL Quarterly.)

Spanish-English Connection
This list is from the Scholastic Transition Program Teacher’s Edition. It illustrates the importance of knowing more than one language, and I think it would be interesting for students.