Wordly Wise 3000 Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
By Matt Barnabei
Wordly Wise 3000 is a dynamic and interactive vocabulary program. The words chosen for Wordly Wise 3000 were selected to expand critical grade level vocabulary and improve reading comprehension. There are a total of 12 books varying in levels of difficulty and topics.
Wordly Wise is straightforward and direct with its instruction. The vocabulary program provides targeted vocabulary education for students ages 4 – 18. This instruction is reinforced throughout each lesson. The words for study are taken from content area reading, textbooks and high-stakes tests, such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT. At the end of each lesson is a nonfiction reading passage that utilizes each section of the lesson.
One of the best aspects of Wordly Wise 3000 is the support that is provided for instructors. There are assessments, pacing options and extension activities available throughout the workbooks. Also offered on their website, www.wordlywise3000.com, are free reinforcement activities.
Throughout the program’s Levels K and 1, essential oral vocabulary is developed, ensuring reading success. This portion of the program also prepares students for the content–area reading they will encounter in future learning.
Starting in Book 2, the program provides vocabulary instruction that develops the connection between vocabulary and reading comprehension. The words chosen will be encountered by students in a number of other platforms, guaranteeing reading comprehension. Each lesson begins with a word list that contains 15 words, with their definitions, parts of speech and contact sentences to illustrate each words meaning.
In the Just the Right Word exercises, students reinforce meaning and build retention by replacing the bold phrase with its correct vocabulary word.
Wordlywise3000.com is a free student and teacher website that helps build vocabulary retention through interactive vocabulary games, wordlists with audio and visual support, and graphic organizers. Teacher’s Resource Books provide instructional strategies and techniques, blackline master tests and additional review exercises.
Wordly Wise 3000 develops children’s vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, pronunciation, test-taking abilities and a myriad of other learning essentials. MB