Vocabulary plays an important role in becoming a fluent reader. It is important for us to introduce our children to new words. Research says that a child needs to use a word at least seven times, if not more, before it becomes a partof their oral vocabulary.
Words can be looked at in tiers. We want to expose our children to
Tier 2 words to help boost their vocabulary and reading fluency.
Tier 1 words are words that don't need instruction in meaning. Some examples: sad, tree, child, hop, etc.
Tier 2 words are high frequency words for mature language users however, students at the elementary level will most likely need instruction directed to the meaning of these words. Some examples: hilarious, persuade, opinion, etc.
Tier 3 words are words that are used very infrequently. These words are often specific to an area of study. Some examples: refinery, lathe, obtuse, prosody, etc.