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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--vocabulary. The student uses newly acquired vocabulary expressively.

Ask students questions about how they know the meaning of words. During a read-aloud, shared reading, or small-group reading activity, an exchange might go like this:

Teacher: What do you think the word ____ means?
Student: I think it means _____.
Teacher: How did you know that? OR What in the book helped you figure that out?
Student: I looked at the picture . . . or Because it says . . . right here in the story.

As students see words they do not know, they will use illustrations and the context of the sentence to help them decipher what the word means. In kindergarten, this is the introduction to context clues and will require significant scaffolding and teacher modeling.
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