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Take Aim! at Vocabulary
Take Aim! at Vocabulary is a powerful, research-based program that supports core reading programs through explicit, systematic instruction in vocabulary, one of the key components of a balanced reading program.
Core reading programs expose students to many vocabulary words in the context of literature, and students learn helpful skills and strategies. Take Aim extends vocabulary learning by systematically presenting the strategies in an intense and focused lesson design. As a result, students internalize the skills and strategies necessary for independently learning unknown words as they master the 288 high-quality target words presented in each level.
ALL STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT
Take Aim can be used to develop vocabulary and as a vocabulary intervention in the critical middle grades:
- Take Aim can be used for further vocabulary development with students who are meeting grade-level standards.
- Take Aim can be used as an intervention with students who tend to struggle with reading comprehension because they are weak in vocabulary.
- Take Aim can be used as a standard protocol intervention with students who are identified as below benchmark standards in vocabulary on assessments.
CHOOSE INDIVIDUALIZED OR GROUP FORMAT
Read Naturally offers Take Aim at Vocabulary in two formats:
|Take Aim Individualized Format||Take Aim Group Format|
|Each student works mostly independently at his/her own pace.||Teacher presents lessons to groups of up to six students.|
|Each student works in a different unit textbook.||Students work in the same unit textbook.|
|Teacher meets with each student for the lesson checkout to determine if the student is ready to move on to the next lesson or unit.||
|Learn more about Take Aim Individualized Format||Learn more about Take Aim Group Format — NOW AVAILABLE!|
HOW IT WORKS
Students learn how to learn what words mean and master 288 high-quality words in each level. Students work through the Take Aim! at Vocabulary steps for each story to deepen their understanding of the featured words. Research-based activities provide repeated exposure to the words and develop students' ability to independently determine word meanings. Students work in Take Aim for 30 to 45 minutes daily.
Take Aim also helps students develop word consciousness — the awareness of and interest in words and their meanings. Developing word consciousness helps students gain greater self-awareness of vocabulary and language (so they begin to "own" the words) and increases their motivation, interest, and enjoyment of reading.
Take Aim! at Vocabulary Lesson Steps:
- Read the Target Words
- Read the Story
- Read to Understand Target Words
- Use Context Clues
- Read to Master
- Answer the Comprehension Questions
- Sketch Target Words
- Clarify Target Words
- Study Word Parts
Take Aim! at Vocabulary has two levels — Goldenrod and Indigo. The same vocabulary skills and strategies are taught in both levels, but the text demand and difficulty of the target words increases from the Goldenrod Level to the Indigo Level. Students in the intermediate grades or middle school can use either level.