Alesha Duff

Visualizing Vocabulary in ELA

This action research was chosen after analyzing the results of weekly selection tests in our 2nd grade ELA classrooms. In both classes, students were struggling mainly on the vocabulary portion of the test. They stated that there were simply too many words to remember and students often forgot the words because of the amount of vocabulary. The teacher in the classroom also had the same opinion. The visualizing vocabulary tool was chosen to target the specific needs of these students based on student interviews, the teacher interview, a learning styles inventory, and knowledge of tools gained from Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works. Both 2nd grade classrooms in our school are similar in size and abilities. The tool was used in one classroom and vocabulary instruction continued as before in the other to determine the effectiveness of the tool in relation to the vocabulary portion on weekly selection tests. This research was conducted over two six-weeks grading periods and after examining data, it was proven that this tool was effective. In the class that the tool was utilized, the average vocabulary portion from their weekly tests nearly doubled. Utilizing this tool in a 2nd grade ELA classroom enhanced language development and comprehension skills of those students. This tool engaged students by giving them the opportunity to use multiple learning styles in one activity to promote deeper meaning-making connections between words and images.  The process of connecting text to images is ideal for both linguistic and visual learners. 

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