Wocto offers free glossaries and vocabulary lists for each of its books. Though some words may have additional meanings, the definitions presented are based on the usage of the words in the text. Therefore, Wocto’s glossaries can be used to supplement individual, small group, or classroom language arts instruction using Wocto books.
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Some suggested uses
These vary by grade level of the reader, but could include the following:
- Have students preview vocabulary lists before reading the book, circling any words they already know well, and underlining wholly unfamiliar words.
- Before or after reading, have students group the words on the vocabulary lists into parts of speech; “sight words” vs. words that can be sounded out; or words that contain a stated attribute, such as digraphs, blends, long vowels, or short vowels.
- After exploring the definitions using the glossary, have students write an original sentence with each vocabulary word.
- Play charades with the verbs from any vocabulary list.
- Using the vocabulary list for a particular book, have students find the page numbers on which each word first appears, and list the context clues to each word’s definition found on that page.
- Explain that some words have more than one meaning. Discuss the definitions given in the glossary, and see if students can find any words on the list that have a second definition.
- Compare and contrast a set of related words on a vocabulary list (such as “weird,” “strange,” and “odd” from The Jakry Kids: Curiosity Shop) to tease out the subtle similarities and differences. Have students use a Venn diagram to illustrate the analysis.
- Challenge students to find synonyms or antonyms for words on the vocabulary list. Try inserting the new words in the story in place of the original words and ask students to evaluate how, if at all, they change the meaning or “feel” of the story.