Definition Clues is
an extremely powerful technique used to help solidify the mastery of new
reading words. It is not only a high octane approach to learning to read
but is simply lots of fun to use!
Use Definition Clues
with the Friday Test or Classroom List
When used by a classroom teacher, the ReadingKey Program teaches a new set
of reading vocabulary words to students each week. These words
have been identified as important and relevant reading words for that
grade level. At the end of each week, teachers pass out the
"Friday Reading Test" to determine student mastery of the words. The
challenge with any reading test is to find a quick and easy way to assess
student knowledge of the words. The only way to do this effectively
would be to sit down with each student individually and have them read the
words. Since this takes time, you can use Definition Clues to
accomplish the same thing.
How Definition Clues
Let's say you have a list of 7 words (jump - fun - run - thumb - crumb
- sun - nut) and you want to quickly determine if every student in
your class can read those words. Definition Clues to the rescue!
Rather than just call out the words (which really doesn't test true
reading since students can use phonics to figure out the word) - use a
definition clue. For example, say to your students -
|All right class
Which word describes something you would do on
The answer to this question
would be - "jump." For the student to answer this
question they have only one option: They must read through all the words
to find the answer. Phonics won't help at all. Think about
what else this is doing. Since they are reading through all the list
words repeatedly, they are getting even more practice with reading the words,
thereby, further helping with word memorization. Definition clues
can also be antonyms or synonyms:
|Which word is the opposite of - unpleasant?
The answer of course is
"fun." - Again, the whole purpose is to generate more concentration
and attention from the students for maximizing learning efficiency - and
Definition Clues do this very well!