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Teacher Read-Aloud Activities

Word-learning occurs for students through teacher read-aloud activities.

Indirect word-learning occurs during teacher read-alouds when:
  • Students are read to and exposed to rich and descriptive language through an abundance of different types of texts
  • Students are exposed to the same word though multiple texts
Direct word-learning occurs during teacher read-alouds when:
  • Picture walks are used to promote discussion around vocabulary in the text
  • Sophisticated vocabulary that may be present is defined and discussed prior to reading
  • Lively, interactive, and challenging higher level discussions about the text occur
  • Multiple exposures to words and their meanings occur in different texts
  • Immediate discussions and interactions with vocabulary which may include writing following the teacher read-aloud
  • Continued exposure and use of the words in activities throughout the week