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Word Wisdom

Unlock Vocabulary in Context

Available for grades 3–6, Word Wisdom is the only vocabulary program that teaches students to unlock word meanings in context, using vocabulary strategies. With these reliable, transferable strategies in hand, your students can discover the meaning of unknown words in anything they read and expand their vocabulary over time. No memorization required!

The result? Students build literacy skills that

  • increase reading fluency and comprehension.
  • strengthen reading and writing across subject areas.
  • improve overall academic success.

For a complete elementary vocabulary curriculum that ignites students’ word curiosity, pair Word Heroes (K–2) with Word Wisdom (3–6). Learn more.

Word Wisdom

Word Wisdom

Word Wisdom: An Effective,
Research-Based Vocabulary Program

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Research-Based Instruction with High-Value Vocabulary Words

Word Wisdom incorporates the most effective, research-based approaches for vocabulary development, including

  • activating prior knowledge.
  • using context clues strategies.
  • analyzing roots and other word parts.

The program’s vocabulary words are thematically linked Tier Two academic words, carefully selected based on word frequency and usefulness in a wide variety of domains.

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Engaging Print and Online Resources

Word Wisdom is available for grades 3–6, each with a corresponding Student Edition workbook and Teacher’s Guide.

Additional teaching resources, including word lists, graphic organizers and word cards, are available online at MyZBPortal.com.

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Word Wisdom

Word Wisdom

Comprehensive Vocabulary Instruction in 15 Minutes a Day

Word Wisdom features nine four-week units that teach students word-learning strategies—not memorization—for greater word knowledge over time and improved reading fluency and comprehension.

In Lessons 1–3, students learn to unlock word meanings in reading passages using these vocabulary strategies:

  • Lesson 1: Context clues
  • Lesson 2: Latin and Greek roots
  • Lesson 3: Reference skills

Lesson 4 of each unit is devoted to review and assessment.

Best of all, it takes only 15 minutes a day to help your students greatly expand their vocabulary with Word Wisdom.

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Aligned to Standards

Most state vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances, as well as acquiring new academic vocabulary. Word Wisdom helps teachers and students meet these standards.

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