Teachers support language development by using and providing Vocabulary that is appropriately leveled (e.g., using [word wall] words). When teachers incorporate challenging but accessible Vocabulary words in their daily instruction, they create an environment for students to practice, apply, and grow their Vocabulary knowledge. Using words they are comfortable with also helps free up their Working Memory demands for other tasks.
Watch how this teacher makes academic vocabulary accessible to the students. By introducing one or two new words a week and having the students engage with the words in a variety of ways, they increase their understanding. Students guess the words' meanings, associate them with pictures, use them in sentences, and use gestures to incorporate movement.
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See how Newsela provides texts at adaptive reading levels, which allows learners to read content that is interesting to them with Vocabulary that is accessible to them. Additionally, through their Power Words feature, high-frequency and high-utility words are highlighted within the articles and added to their individual word walls, allowing learners to remember or reference their definitions in context.