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Vocabulary A-Z Overview

Vocabulary A-Z is your ideal solution for helping students build vocabulary! Watch this video to learn how to use premade or custom vocabulary lessons, complete with lesson plans and resources for classroom instruction. Discover how to assign game-based activities and quizzes to students for engaging online practice!

With Vocabulary A-Z, you can help every student at every level build their vocabulary and improve reading skills.
To make it easy for you to get started, this video highlights the steps you can take to quickly create vocabulary lessons, generate classroom materials, and assign digital practice activities.

Finally, we’ll show you how you can use online reports to give you better insights into individual, small group and class-wide instructional needs.

Vocabulary A-Z provides pre-made lesson plans that include words found in specific Reading A-Z, Raz-Plus ELL Edition, or Science A-Z units.

You can also choose from reading series resources to select pre-made lessons for Harcourt Trophies, Macmillan Treasures, Scott Foresman Reading Street or Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, among others.

This allows teachers to integrate vocabulary into reading lessons and assign practice in multiple ways, including interactive, game-based activities.

Vocabulary A-Z’s vast word bank also allows you to add your own custom words, so you can quickly and easily create your own vocabulary lessons.

After you select “New Lesson,” you can search the Vocabulary A-Z word bank to find a word and related words to add to your list.

You can also choose from word lists organized by function and content, or a variety of special lists including common core academic vocabulary, Dolch sight words and frequently used word lists.

Once you select a list, you’ll see words organized into Tier one basic words, Tier two frequently-used words and Tier 3 specialized words. You can navigate alphabetically through the list, then hover over the word to see the definition, context sentences and images.

Simply click the “plus” sign to add words to your lesson.

Once you’ve selected all the words you want in your lesson, you can create or select a category for your lesson, give it a name and then click save.

To choose a pre-made lesson for a Reading A-Z leveled book, select the reading level and type of book, then click the book icon to view the list.

Whether you rely on pre-made lessons or your own custom lessons, you have the same print and digital assignment options for classroom instruction, small group, or individual practice.

Printable resources include lesson plans, worksheets, assessments, and printed activities to support a complete, blended learning experience for your students.

Digital assignment allows you to extend vocabulary practice to students so they can complete game-based activities that incorporate assigned word lists. Students can practice in class or at home, on a PC or mobile device.

To access their assignments, students log in through the Kids A-Z Mobile App or Online Portal. Kids A-Z includes customizable avatars and award badges to reward and motivate students to practice and build their vocabulary. Students can access Vocabulary practice for custom word lists from the Vocabulary planet, or practice assigned Reading or Science-related vocabulary practice from the Reading or Science planets, along with other Reading A-Z or Science A-Z assignments.

Each Vocabulary A-Z assignment includes a range of game-based activities that students can choose from to practice vocabulary in a way that’s fun! Each activity emphasizes definitions and context sentences through engaging audio and imagery.

Once students have successfully completed practice exercises, they can access and complete a vocabulary test for that lesson.

Teachers can manage their classroom roster, view assignments and reports to monitor student progress and assess needs as students complete activities online.

Activity report provides an added level of detail about each student’s interactions with Vocabulary A-Z.

With Vocabulary A-Z, you have a comprehensive, blended learning platform that delivers vocabulary resources for teacher-led instruction, independent student practice, assessment and reporting, along with parent access to support and promote their involvement.

Start using Vocabulary A-Z today and watch your students' vocabulary and reading skills grow!