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 a contextual environment for students to practice, apply, and grow their Vocabulary knowledge.
Watch how this first grade teacher models Vocabulary in her instruction in addition to using an interactive word wall. By slowing her speech and adding hand gestures, she highlights complex Vocabulary and provides the opportunity for students to try to incorporate them into their own language.
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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, allowing learners to remember or reference their definitions in context.