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Vocabulary Instruction that Boosts Literacy

Word Wisdom teaches students in Grades 3–8 vocabulary strategies that

  • increase reading fluency and comprehension.
  • strengthen reading and writing across subject areas.
  • improve overall academic success.
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Research-Based Strategies and Words

Word Wisdom is the only vocabulary program that teaches students to unlock word meanings in reading passages.

Students learn these research-based vocabulary strategies:

  • Context clues
  • Latin and Greek roots
  • Reference skills

Learn more about the Word Wisdom research base and vocabulary words.

Five Easy Steps to Unlock Word Meaning

Students learn a five-step process to unlock the meanings of unknown words using context clues:
Read, Look, Think, Predict, Check.

a printable “Five Easy Steps” classroom poster.

Materials for Instruction and Practice

Teacher’s Guide

  • Teach students how to unlock word meanings in only 15 minutes per day.
  • Use additional activities to extend and reinforce students’ understanding of the vocabulary words, including activities for English language learners.
Word Wisdom Teacher's Guide
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Student Edition

  • Workbook is organized in nine thematic units, 30 words per unit.
  • Students focus on context clues strategies; Latin and Greek roots; and skills to unlock, process, and apply word meanings.
Word Wisdom Student Edition
Word Wisdom App

A fun app for iPad® or Android tablet where students can practice their Word Wisdom vocabulary words from all units. Available for purchase from the App Store® or the Google Play store September 1.

eResources Center

The eResources Center offers teaching tools, including graphic organizers and word cards. Free with purchase of Teacher’s Guide.

Word Wisdom eResources Center

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Preview a Unit of Instruction

Digital samples include the complete table of contents, one full unit of instruction, select pages from the Word Wisdom dictionary, and additional activities to extend or reinforce lessons.

An Effective, Research-Based Vocabulary Program

One of the most important aspects of language and literacy learning is building an extensive meaning vocabulary.

Research shows that the most effective way for students to develop this kind of extensive vocabulary involves activating prior knowledge, using context clues strategies, and analyzing roots and other word parts to unlock word meanings. This is the foundation of Word Wisdom.

Teaching word-learning strategies instead of memorizing definitions results in greater word knowledge over time and improves reading fluency and comprehension.

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How Were Word Wisdom Vocabulary Words Chosen?

  • The words in each unit are thematically linked to help students build strong meaning relationships among the words.1
  • The words are Tier Two academic words, selected based on word frequency studies. Tier Two words should be the focus of instruction because they are unlikely to be learned independently through conversation and appear frequently in written text across many subjects.2

Why Do Students Need Explicit Vocabulary Instruction?

  • Research has consistently shown a strong relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension.3
  • The English language is extremely complex and large, and it continues to change. Students encounter more than 180,000 word families in Grades 3–9.4
  • Regular, direct teaching keeps students focused on the importance of learning words and gives them the tools to unlock word meanings in their reading.

  1. Rasinski, T., & Zutell, J. (2010). Essential strategies for word study: Effective methods for improving decoding, spelling, and vocabulary. New York, NY: Scholastic.
  2. Beck, I., McKeown, M., & Kucan, L. (2013). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction, 2nd ed. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  3. Ouellette, G. P. (2006). What’s reading got to do with it? The role of vocabulary in word reading and reading comprehension. Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(3), 554–566.
  4. Anderson, R., & Nagy, W. (1992). The vocabulary conundrum. American Educator, 16(4), 14–18, 44–47.

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