Since vocabulary is the foundation of language, I always want to make sure that I am up-to-date on the latest research and that my materials/techniques have the biggest impact for my clients. I only have 45 minutes a week!
To make the most out of my time, I tend to focus on tier 2 vocabulary. Find out why and how here.
On this page, I have:
Keep scrolling to grab all three!
Some of you might be wondering...."what is tier 2 vocabulary?" You are not alone!
Let's start from the beginning so it makes sense!
Tier 1 vocabulary is general, basic vocabulary. Most kids don't require direct, explicit instruction for this tier. Children typically learn them just by going through life!
According to Super Duper, the English language has 7,000 tier 1 word families.
Tier 2 vocabulary is the "sweet spot" I feel. This tier of vocabulary consists of high-frequency words that can be used across subjects, settings, and/or domains.
These words will pop up in different classes and different settings (school, grocery store, home). I like to say that speech therapists get "more bang for their buck" when focusing on this tier since students/clients will hear and use these words throughout the day.
According to Super Duper, the English language has 8,000 tier 1 word families.
Tier 3 consists of content/domain specific words. This means, the words in this tier are specific to a subject, situation, job, and/or hobby.
According to Super Duper, the English language has 400,000 word families.
To make sure I was up-to-date on my vocabulary instruction, I headed over to the Informed SLP.
I didn't find anything groundbreaking but I did enjoy the review of this article: "Building Semantic Networks: The Impact of a Vocabulary Intervention on Preschoolers’ Depth of Word Knowledge" has taught me a lot of vocabulary instruction.
The article basically discusses key components of vocabulary therapy.
My main takeaways were:
Relating words together consists of:
Now on to the good stuff! Materials we can actually use!
As part of the Speech Therapy Memberbership Program, I created 4 different TELETHERAPY-FRIENDLY card decks for tier 2 vocabulary words. Each deck has the same words and each contain 64 words.
The decks target:
I made sure that each card had a real-life picture. Defining a word, relating a word, etc... with a visual is key for our clients.
They can use the visual to create the definition and use the visual to recall the definition outside of the therapy room.
I made 4 different decks on purpose!
You get the picture!
I made these cards to be quick and short so they can be used during games, for a review, etc....
I do have other vocabulary materials that delve deep into one tier 2 word. However, this can take awhile and doesn't always fit into the session. For some children, these short bursts are all that they can handle!
After teaching or reviewing tier 2 vocabulary, My FAVORITE thing to do is to read a book and challenge my clients to find the word/concept while reading!
This is a favorite and checks the box for multiples exposures.
For current Speech Therapy Talk members, Please click this link to access materials:
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