Vocabulary is one of the five building blocks of reading identified by the National Reading Panel (NRP). (Click here
to see the report.) Vocabulary is very significant in the development of reading skills, particularly in the area of oral reading.
There are two types of vocabulary—oral vocabulary and print vocabulary. Oral vocabulary represents all the words that a person uses or understands. Print vocabulary includes all the words a person is able to read in print. The link between these two types of vocabulary is evident whenever a reader encounters a new word in print. If someone already uses and understands this word, it is easier to recognize or decode in print. Naturally, a larger vocabulary leads to improved reading skills.
Here is a list of Super Duper®
materials to expand your student's vocabulary skills. Click here
to see research articles that support targeting vocabulary in order to improve a student's ability to read.