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Vocabulary Resources

Prized among zoologists for its sesquipedalian attributes, the Miscellaneous Vocabulary is rare indeed. Once quite common, its habitat has diminished along with the public's knowledge of its existence. Our small preserve is doing its part to keep this fine creature alive and healthy.

Words are acquired at a surprisingly rapid rate. It's estimated that, between the ages of 6 and10, children learn about 20 new words a day. Given a steady rate of growth over five years, that's about 36,500 words. In our technological age, a lot of those words are fairly specific (microwave, iTunes, PC, and the like all count as words), but that's still rapid vocabulary expansion.

Most of this learning takes place organically. Kids hear words and repeat them, read them in books, see them on signs or magazine covers, etc. Many parents have found that monitoring this progress as much as possible is the best way to teach new words. For instance, having kids write down every word they don't know when reading can help them learn words they'd normally just skip over.

A lot of vocabulary worktexts are simply lists of words with definitions and some written work to reinforce what's been learned. The Spelling DooRiddles from Critical Thinking Press are more unique, offering vocabulary-building riddles for students to solve. Analogies are logic-based exercises designed to aid SAT vocabulary knowledge. Dr. Funster's Word Benders are basically anagrams to expand students' vocabulary.

Some vocabulary supplements are just plain fun, while maintaining a strong educational element. Vocabulary Cartoons teaches an often boring subject through comic illustrations; Rummy Roots and More Roots are vocab-building card games; Painless Vocabulary is exactly what it sounds like, offering humorous text and exercises for middle and high schoolers.

For teachers, Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick offers a great first-year course designed to expand vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Jensen's Vocabulary uses Greek and Latin roots to teach English words. These aren't so much stand-alone books as great supplements to help you work vocabulary instruction into other subjects throughout the school day.

Having a large vocabulary is important for being able to read a variety of material, and for being able to communicate effectively. Making vocab expansion part of your everyday routine will make it more palatable for kids, and less stressful for everyone. These resources can help with that, and some of them can even make learning new words fun and exciting.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Analogies 1
by Arthur Liebman
from Educators Publishing Service
for 7th-8th grade
in EPS Analogies (Location: BLG-02)
Analogies 2
by Arthur Liebman
from Educators Publishing Service
for 9th-10th grade
in EPS Analogies (Location: BLG-02)
Analogies 3
by Arthur Liebman
from Educators Publishing Service
for 11th-12th grade
in EPS Analogies (Location: BLG-02)
Book of Roots
by Paul O'Brien
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in Memoria Press Latina Christiana (Location: B14-02A)
Dr. Dooriddles A1
by John H. Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Dooriddles A2
by John H. Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Dooriddles A3
by John H. Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Dooriddles B1
by John H. Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Dooriddles B2
by John H. Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-7th grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Funster's Word Benders B1
by Howard Black, Sandra Parks
from Critical Thinking Books
for 5th-6th grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
Dr. Funster's Word Benders C1
from Critical Thinking Books
for 7th-12th grade
in Dr. Funster & Dr. Dooriddles (Location: BLG-02)
First Thousand Words in English
by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright
from Usborne
for Preschool-3rd grade
Greek and Latin Root Words Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 7th-Adult
in Language Arts Flippers (Location: BLG-FLP)
Introducing Word Families Through Literature
by Jennifer Coldwell
from Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company
for 4th-6th grade
Jensen's Vocabulary
by Frode Jensen
from Master Books
for 7th-10th grade
in Jensen's English (Location: B14-00A)
Jumbles
by Noreen Conte
13.01th edition from Critical Thinking Books
for 3rd-5th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Language and Thinking for Young Children
by Ruth Beechick
from Mott Media
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
More Roots
by Sandra Everson
from Eternal Hearts
for 4th-8th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Painless Spelling
by Mary Elizabeth
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Painless Vocabulary
by Michael Greenberg
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Rummy Roots
by Sandra Everson
from Eternal Hearts
for 4th-8th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Spelling DooRiddles A1
by Don Richardson
from Critical Thinking Books
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Spelling Resources (Location: B13-01A)
Spelling DooRiddles B1
by John Doolittle
from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Spelling Resources (Location: B13-01A)
Synonymns Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Grammar Reference (Location: B15-02A)
Vocabulary Cartoons
by Bryan Burchers, Max Burchers, Sam Burchers
from New Monic Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Cartoons II: SAT Word Power
by Bryan E. Burchers, Sam Burchers
2nd edition from New Monic Books
for 10th-12th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Intro Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-6th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Smarts 2
by Judy Wilson Goddard
1st edition from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-5th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Virtuoso - Elementary
by Nancy Forderer
from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-5th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Virtuoso - Middle School
by Nancy Forderer
from Critical Thinking Books
for 6th-8th grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Vocabulary Virtuoso - Primary
by Nancy Forderer
from Critical Thinking Books
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Word Power Made Easy
by Norman Lewis
from Anchor Books
for 9th-Adult
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Word Up Volume 1
from Compass Classroom
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Words on the Vine
by Claudia Vurnakes
from Instructional Fair
for 5th - 8th Grade
in Vocabulary Resources (Location: B13-03E)
Words You Should Know
by David Olsen
from Adams Media Corp.
for 6th-10th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)