7-10 minute daily vocabulary activities to build a college-ready vocabulary
The Knowsys Vocabulary Builder Program is a multi-year curriculum designed to provide a systematic, vertically-aligned program to build student mastery of academic vocabulary.
Teacher Curriculum: complete online resources that can either be printed or projected, depending on the needs of the class
Flashcards: Flashcards offer an effective tool for students to get familiar with the basics of the vocabulary. Knowsys offers:
Resources for students to make their own sets of cards (provided in Teacher materials)
Mastery by Association
Each year students learn 300 grade level words, which are divided into 30 thematic groups to facilitate mastery.
Students work through 1 group per week, building to mastery.
Definitional and contextual activities provide sustained meaningful interaction with the words.
Activities build vocabulary by association/disassociation and by teaching students to apply words to real-life contexts in a variety of activities.
Based on the vocabulary acquisition research of Robert Marzano.
Multiple exposures engage students in discussions about the vocabulary words.
Activities are cumulative so students continually work with words from prior groups.
Activities use words in all their various forms to enhance depth of understanding and mastery.
Each group has a range of definitional and contextual activities:
Writing Prompts (30 minutes)
Weekly Sentence Completion Quizzes
Six-Weeks Sentence Completion Exams
Diagnostic tests (pre-test and post-test)
A Teacher Set of materials consists of:
1-year license for the complete set of Knowsys activities for a grade level
All the activities
The weekly quizzes
The six-weeks exams
1 box of flashcards