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Vocabulary 2.0
Reading and Writing Outside of the Page!

Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively. In general, vocabulary can be described as oral vocabulary or reading vocabulary. Oral vocabulary refers to words that we use in speaking or recognize in listening. Reading vocabulary refers to words we recognize or use in print.
Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read. As beginning readers, children use the words they have heard to make sense of the words they see in print. Beginning readers have a much more difficult time reading words that are not already part of their oral vocabulary.
Vocabulary also is very important to reading comprehension. Readers cannot understand what they are reading without knowing what most of the words mean. As children learn to read more advanced texts, they must learn the meaning of new words that are not part of their oral vocabulary. Put Reading First



Objective: to help educators develop vocabulary activities and strategies that can maximize the power of the Web 2.0 environment.


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1. Extend the reading and writing experience with Google Docs. Upload your student documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoints and allow students to collaborate at home. Try this one
2. Awesome Idea for vocabulary and comprehension- go to LetterPopand students and teachers can create free newsletters online. Simply click create at the top of the page and away you go. If you want to upload your own pictures you need to join (go ahead it's free)
5. Edit Photos and add Words at PicnikCheck this out! Will We Have a Home
6. Make newspaper clippings and more at Fodey
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7. Drop your vocabulary words into Wordle and create a piece of art.
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8. Create whatever you want and upload to the web to create online magazines with Issuu
9. Go to ClassTools and create a flash vocabulary game to post online. Check it out Sizzling Science
10. Create online interactive crossword puzzles at EclipseCrossword or Crossword Puzzle Maker.
11. Create a comic strip using vocabulary word and Make Beliefs Comix and email or print them out.
12. Write your vocabulary definitions online and publish to the web at The Kids Open Dictionary Builder
13. Create the coolest vocabulary words for your website or office applications at Cool Text
14. VocabSushi uses real world contextual examples to words encountered on the SAT and ACT. VocabSushi allows your students to take the learning with them by downloading vocabulary to MP3 Players.

15. Work on vocabulary and feed the world at Rice

PRACTICE ACTIVITY:
Intel Unit Plan: Monster Swap
Monster Descriptions: Describe your monster in this Google Doc spreadsheet
Draw Your Own: Using another person's description, create their monster with a Kerpoof drawing