College Talk: Improving Students' Vocabulary

Grade 2 / ELA / Vocabulary

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Language Standards K-€“5


2nd Grade


Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

a. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe foods that are spicy or juicy).

b. Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).

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Lesson Objective
Make high-level conversation part of your classroom's daily routine
1 min
Questions to Consider
How does Ms. Kim make vocabulary a natural part of the classroom?
Notice the synonym list and vocabulary cards that provide visual references.
How does the students' response to this strategy change over time?

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  • Jinny Kim – “College Talk” Program Transcript

    “College Talk” Program Transcript

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