Scholastic’s Reading Resources Network is putting the focus on vocabulary. Here, you'll find activities and resources to use in your classroom, a model lesson on video, and an online development session for vocabulary instruction. Plus you’ll discover a plethora — there’s a great vocabulary stretcher — of other resources.
Our host is Francie Alexander, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Scholastic Education. Francie has taught at all levels, was a district reading consultant for PreK through high school, and has authored professional articles for educators and 25 “books kids can read” for children.
Increasing Vocabulary: Concept Definition Map
Observe a model best practice lesson. Betty Tsang is using a Concept Definition Map to deepen the vocabulary knowledge of her students.
Adapted from Scholastic Red, Improving Reading Comprehension, Grades 3–5
Francie Answers the Tough Questions
Why is vocabulary so important?
What words do I teach?
How do I teach vocabulary?
What you need to know about teaching vocabulary. Go Now
Professional Development Tutorial: Increasing Vocabulary. Go Now
Francie Alexander’s Top Five Recommended Word Lists. Go Now
Lesson Plans and Activities from Scholastic Professional Books. Go Now
Resources — Encourage Your Students to Read Voluminously to Build Vocabulary. Go Now
Parent Connection — 100 Words Kids Need to Read. Tell parents about these colorful workbooks that offer engaging reading and writing activities students can do at home. Go Now