CVSD is committed to a word mapping approach to vocabulary that encourages students to use startegies to unlock the meaning of words. Explicit etemology instruction of prefixes, roots, and suffixes helps students build vocabluary knowledge.

Kelly Gallagher's 30-15-10 list is a good basis for instruction. It references 30 highly used prefixes, 15 common roots, and 10 common prefixes. Additionally, the University of Kansas Word Mapping SIMS strategy serves as a great strategy for mapping the word parts, and using context clues to make predictions and check for accuracy.

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