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Kid-Friendly Language: A Dictionary and Pictionary (redirected from Kid-Friendly Vocabulary: A Dictionary and Pictionary)

Page history last edited by Robert W. Maloy 6 days, 19 hours ago

 

Kid-Friendly Language Means Easily Understandable Vocabulary

 

Resources = Useful things and valuable supplies

Curate = Collect

Aligned = Matched Up

Massive = Huge

Cloud Computing = Computers do the work but stored it elsewhere

Alternatives = Other choices

Transformation = Change 

  

 

Topics on the Page

 

  • Origins and Meanings of Words

 

  • Role Before Rule

 

  • Purposeful Praise Statements and Strategies

 

  • Learning Academic Language

 

  • Kid-Friendly Definitions for Key Terms

 

    • Writing Process

 

    • Math Words and Terms

 

    • Technology 

 

    • Academic Terms 

 


 

The Origins and Meanings of Words

 

 

ESL, ELL, Generation 1.5. Why Are These Terms Important? 

National Council of Teachers of English (September 7, 2017)

 

 

 

Student-Created Dictionary with Animations on YouTube

 

 

Sid the Science Kid Glossary of Science Terms

 

  Rewordify:  Takes Difficult Text and Makes It Easier to Understand

 

 

 

 

  The Many Origins of the English Language

 

  • From Borrowed Words:  A History of Loanwords in English by Philip Durkin (2014)

 

Digital Glossary from Common Sense Media

  • Decode teens’ shorthand in the digital world (includes explicit references)

 

 

 For examples of kid-friendly language definitions to words, link to the picture book, The Fairy Dogfather. Alexandra Day. Green Tiger Press, 2012

 

 

   

   Shakespeare Invented 1700 New Words

 

  •   Link here for a list with each word hyperlinked to the play where it appears

 

 

 

 

15 Words You Use Without Realizing They're From Foreign Languages

 

 

25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding the Dictionary in 2018

 

 

 

Role Before Rule


The phrase role before rule is a helpful way to explain writing and language conventions to both multilingual as well as native English speakers.

 

  • A term like "exclamation point" or "interrogative sentence" offers little context or frame or reference for understanding its meaning.
    • As a result, young learners struggle to remember definitions or rules for usage.

 

  • Restating the terms in kid-friendly language helps students to build a memory of the role or function that each convention plays in language and writing.
    • Exclamation point becomes Excitement mark
    • Interrogative Sentence becomes Question-Asking Sentence

 

  • Role Before Rule supports children's natural inquisitiveness throughout the learning process.

 

Purposeful Praise Statements and Strategies


5 Reasons to Stop Saying Good Job, Alfie Kohn, Young Children (September 2001)

  • "I notice you never give up."

 

 

Learning Academic Language


The Critical Words Your Students Must Know for the Common Core State Standards

180 Essential Vocabulary Words for 5th Grade, Scholastic

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know, Vocabulary.com

 

 

Writing Process Terms in Kid-Friendly Language

 

VOCABULARY WORD          

k

Capital Letters

 

Comma

 

Dialogue

 

Excerpt

 

 

Exclamation Point

 

Imperative Sentence

 

Interrogative Sentence

 

Period. 

 

Question Mark

 

 

Quotation Mark

 

 

Peer Editing

 

  

Semi-Colon

  

Standard Spelling

 

 

 

Revision

 

Rhetoric

KID-FRIENDLY LANGUAGE DEFINITION

 

Attention-Getting Letters

 

Slow Down, but Don't Stop

 

Talking on Paper

 

Small part of a larger piece of writing or book

 

 

Excitement Mark (!)

 

I Declare

 

 

Question-Asking Sentence

 

Full Stop.

 

Answer Needed

 

Someone Said

 

 

Reader Response

 

 

 

Pause, More Coming

 

 

Book Spelling

 

 

Do again to make better; to change something you have done

 

Getting someone to do what you want using words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

external image Math.jpgMathematical Symbols and Their Definitions

 


Link to A Maths Dictionary for Kids

 

Link to Tutoring Math wiki

 

SYMBOL

 

KID-FRIENDLY LANGUAGE DEFINITION

+..


Addition Sign.....
and

Link to Addition Example



-


Subtraction Sign.......................
Take Away

=

Equal Sign
The same as

( )


Parenthesis
Answer Me First

X


Multiplication Sign
Make Bigger

Link to Multiplication Example
k
k
k

'


Decimal Point
.
Dividing Point



Division Sign
Make Groups of


Right Angle
Link to photo showing
Stairs are Right Angles


Parallel Line
Lines That Never Touch

Lines That Are Next To
But Do Not Touch

Link to
Railroad Tracks Are Parallel Lines

external image Perpendicular_symbol.svg
Perpendicular Line
Lines That End Up Touching

Link to photo showing
Parrots Have Parallel Wings
and Perpendicular Toes
k
k

<

...

Smaller

>

...
Larger

Numerator and Denominator

 

 Symmetry

  Mirror Image 

Infinity 

  Never ending

 

Bell Curve 

Where the most are in the middle 

 

 

  Technology Terms and Kid-Friendly Definitions

 

VOCABULARY WORD          

k

KID-FRIENDLY DEFINITION

 

Algorithm

 

App

 

Clickbait

 

Cloud

 

Data

 

Digital artifact

 

Digital citizen

 

Ergonomics

 

Hardware

 

Laptop

 

Mouse

 

Simulation

 

Smart device

 

Smartphone

 

Social media

 

Software

 

Spam

 

Tablet

 

URL

 

Virus

 

Website

 

 

 

external image Post-It.jpg  Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies Terms and Their Definitions

 

 

 

VOCABULARY WORD          

k

k

KID-FRIENDLY DEFINITION 

 

A

Abbreviation: Shortened way to write a word

 

Acronym: First letter of a group of words that represent full words; for example ASAP (As Soon As Possible)

 

Acquire: To get

 

Adversary: Someone trying to block what you are doing

 

Alter: Change

 

Alliteration: Group of words that begin with the same sound; for example (Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)

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Amendment: A change in rules

 

Analogy: To compare two things

 

Appreciate: To grow in value (in economics)

 

Asset: An item of value (in economics)

 

Authentic: True, not false

 

B

 

Bias: To favor

 

C

Capital Letters: Attention-Getting Letters

 

external image circumference.jpg

Circumference: Distance around measured by a circle

 

Cite: Give credit to the original source

 

Clarify: To make easier to understand

 

Collapse: To fall down

 

Comma: Slow Down, but Don't Stop

 

Commence: To start

 

Compound: Consisting of more than one part; in math, to add more to a total over time

 

external image compute.jpg

Compute: To find a total or an amount

 

Confirm: Make sure something is right or true

 

Contemporary: Up-to-date; current; modern

 

Contrast: To find differences between two or more things

 

Credit: Buying without money

 

D


Declarative Sentence:

Definite: For sure

 

Depict: to show

 

Destination: Somewhere you are going

 

Dialogue: Talking on Paper

 

Discovery: To find something new or that you did not know


Distinct: Something different from others

Dramatic: Attention-grabbing; full of emotions

 

Duration: How long something lasts; length of time

 

 

E

 

Element: Part or ingredient

 

Elevation: Height or distance from the ground

 

Employ: Pay someone to do a job or service

 

Erosion: Breaking down or moving over time

 

Eventually: Will happen in the future

 

Evidence: Information that shows something is true

 

Evolve: To change over time

 

Examine: Look at carefully

 

Exclamation Point: Excitement Mark. (!)


Exclamatory Sentence

Excerpt: Small part of a larger piece of writing or book

 

Executive: Person or people directing a company or government

 

Explanation: To give a reason why

 

External: Outside of something

 

F

 

Flexible: Able to bend or change easily

 

Formula: Directions about how to make something or figure something out

 

Foreshadow: To hint or imply what is going to happen

 

Foresight: To understand or know what is going to happen

 

Fraction:

 

G

 

Glossary: List of words with definitions

 

Guarantee: To ensure something will happen

 

H

 

Header: Information at the top of a page

 

Headway: To move forward

 

I

 

Ideal: the best

 

Identical: Looking the same

 

Imperative Sentence

 

Impending: Something that is about to happen

 

Income: Money you get

 

Indifference: Not caring

 

Infer: To figure something out using clues only

 

Innocent: Not at fault; without blame

 

Internal: 

 

Interval: Short spaces of time in between two things

 

Interrogative Sentence

 

Inventory: To keep track of or make a list

 

Investment: Putting effort or time into something to get something back

 

J

 

Judicial

 

K


L


M

 

Majority: 

 

Malleable: 

 

Maintain: 

 

Maximum: the most

 

Metaphor: 

 

Military: 

 

Minimum: small amount

 

Minority: 

 

Modify: change shape or appearance

 

Motive: reason to doing something


N

 

Narrative: a story of what happened

 

Negative: 

O

 

Obvious: 

 

Occupy: to take up space

 

P

 

Paraphrase: 

 

Period: Full Stop

 

Periodic: repeating in a pattern

 

Persist: to keep going

 

Policy: rules to be followed

 

Positive: 

 

Precious: very valuable and important

 

Precise: very accurate

 

Previous: 

 

Property

 

Proposal: suggested or possible plan

 

Q

 

Question Mark: Answer Needed

 

Quotation Mark: Someone Said

 

R

 

Random

 

React:

 

Reform: changes to make it better

 

Remarkable: really special

 

Rephrase: to say in a different way

 

Resist: to oppose, disagree, or fight back

 

Resolution: outcome or end

 

Revision: Do again to make better; to change something you have done

Rhetoric: Getting someone to do what you want using words

 

S

 

Salary: Money paid for during a job

 

Salutation: Greeting someone by name

 

Scarce: few

 

Scope:

 

Semi-Colon: Pause, More Coming

 

Skim:

 

Solution: answer to a problem

 

Specific

 

Stable: not often changing

 

Standard Spelling: Book Spelling

 

Stanza:

 

Submit

 

Suggest: offer an idea

 

Summarize: give a short explanation

 

Survey: ask questions


T

 

Target

 

Technique

 

Temporary: lasting only a short time

 

Transfer

 

U

 

Unify: to bring together

 

Unique: 

V

 

Valid: true

 

Variation: 

 

Voluntary: 

W


X


Y


Z

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