How It Works

Word Lab Web individualizes learning new words through a series of researched-based “key activities.” Students gain additional practice in comprehension as the program guides them from the pre to the post assessments.

Students choose from high frequency academic or literature based word lists. Literature and academic lists are derived from text and trade books ranging from third grade to high school level.  Reading the associated book is not necessary for learning these words, but provides an opportunity to integrate into classroom activities.

What about training? We provide 2 training videos, one for the student site and one for the teacher admin site. These 2 videos take less than 45 minutes to view and provide you with everything you need to know to use Word Lab Web effectively.

What does it take to see improved reading scores? Use the program 3 times per week in 30 minute sessions to see great results.  See pilot study results.

What about blended learning (computer based learning integrated with classroom instruction)?  Word Lab Web is ideal for use with the rotational model.

What about support for ELL?  Word Lab Web speaks key elements (words, definitions, phrases in the activities) in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Chinese. We have also included high frequency word lists derived from several easy readers that represent the Latino-American experience (see Literature Sources).

The chart below represents Word Lab Web’s scope and sequence.  Please click on the hot spots to learn more.

Student Workflow

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Goals:

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Before getting started, students have the option to choose a weekly goal.

This goal can be selected and completed any day before the following Monday.

When they reach their goal they will be recognized and will continue to receive credit for additional words learned.

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Making Connections

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After choosing their word list, a preassessment identifies the words students need to learn.  Word Lab Web helps students make connections to each word and create a personal dictionary.

In addition, students select a visual associated with each word to put in their dictionary. The dictionary is referred to regularly as they progress through the practice activities of the next step.

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Each student builds a personal dictionary.  They can then refer to their dictionary at anytime during Step 2 – Comprehension Practice.

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Feature Grids provides an opportunity to attach real life experience to the word.
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Comprehension Practice

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Students choose from six activities to practice their new understanding of each word.

The program monitors their accuracy as they progress, providing feedback and scaffolding.

When a student completes four of the activities with an 80% average accuracy, they may skip the final two activities. If below 80%, students must try again as many times as needed to achieve an 80% or higher average.

Only the best scores and the number of attempts are retained. Students never fail.

The seventh activity in Comprehension Practice relates to affixes and how they affect the meaning of words.

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Connect 2 is a cloze activity with the option to hear the sentence in English or Spanish.

 

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“Belong”  is a categorization activity requiring students to define their category.

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Post Assessment

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After the post assessment students see their progress in a printable “Progress Report.”

In addition, they can see how they are measuring up to the school average by number of words learned and speed.

Students working at the lowest levels can be just as successful in showing progress as students at the highest levels.

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Antonyms is a compare and contrast activity.

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Review

Once a student has learned all the words they can from any certain set of lists they may challenge anyone else in the school to a contest of word knowledge.

Like pinball, students can challenge each other repeatedly to get or stay on top.

Additionally, teachers may have students print out their personal dictionaries to use for class activities.

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