The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom

By Holly Lane & Stephanie Allen Last updated 2024/05/27
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By modeling the use of sophisticated words, educators can promote students’ vocabulary growth and word consciousness. In this article, the research support for this approach is explained, suggestions are provided for how teachers might accomplish this goal, and examples are shared from teachers who have done it successfully. Don’t miss the helpful list of sophisticated words for classroom routines, subject areas, etc. – a great resource!

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This article supports educators in building a word-rich classroom, an important practice to support students' vocabulary knowledge.
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4 5 6
Topic(s): Vocabulary


  1. This is a great article that outlines the benefits of intentionality in vocabulary instruction. Moving from less complex to more complex terms in our modeling and expectations supports students in understanding, and using complex vocabulary with ease.

  2. This is very practical with various real-life examples of how real educators implement ideas for vocabulary instruction. The best point for me – don’t dumb down the language used! Sophisticated language is okay!

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