While we were packing up our classrooms for summer, one of my fellow first grade teachers made an amazing discovery. She found a couple of books that she had forgotten about. They are called Connecting Reading and Writing with Vocabulary.
The reason that I like this book so much is that it not only incorporates vocabulary and writing, but also different genres of reading: poems, tall tales, folktales, book reviews, etc. Each story contains specific skill building activities.
I think that vocabulary is very hard to teach. Background knowledge, in my opinion, is key. In the area where I live, there are children who have done extensive travelling and students who have rarely left the county. It is important to be able to anchor new vocabulary with an image or experience that they already possess.
How do you introduce/teach vocabulary? Do you follow a specific program?