Vocabulary Instruction Using InferCabulary

Have you ever wondered what’s holding your students back? Low vocabulary plays a huge role in reading comprehension grades 2-12. InferCabulary is an online vocabulary tool that mimics the act of avid reading. In InferCabulary, students encounter words in a rich, multimedia environment. Utilizing semantic reasoning, students are shown multiple images of a Tier 2 vocabulary word in various contexts and engage in critical thinking to create an understanding of the Tier 2 vocabulary word on a deep level. In just minutes a day, students can independently practice Tier 2 vocabulary using best practice vocabulary instruction strategies.

Vocabulary Instruction Using InferCabulary

Have you ever wondered what’s holding your students back? Low vocabulary plays a huge role in reading comprehension grades 2-12. InferCabulary is an online vocabulary tool that mimics the act of avid reading. In InferCabulary, students encounter words in a rich, multimedia environment. Utilizing semantic reasoning, students are shown multiple images of a Tier 2 vocabulary word in various contexts and engage in critical thinking to create an understanding of the Tier 2 vocabulary word on a deep level. In just minutes a day, students can independently practice Tier 2 vocabulary using best practice vocabulary instruction strategies.

Semantic Reasoningfor Vocabulary Acquisition


Semantic Reasoning is the vocabulary instruction approach embedded in InferCabulary. Students deeply learn the meanings of Tier Two words by finding the common thread among multiple, visual examples. That’s how they infer for themselves the definitions of words (Lawrence & Seifert, 2016.) Ordinarily, students who are good readers learn word meanings by avidly reading books, where most Tier Two words can be found. Since most students are not avidly reading, they are missing the 10-12 exposures that are required (Beck & McKeown, 1985) in order to deeply learn word meanings. With InferCabulary, students have all the information to build a semantic map in their minds!

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Semantic Reasoningfor Vocabulary Acquisition


Semantic Reasoning is the vocabulary instruction approach embedded in InferCabulary. Students deeply learn the meanings of Tier Two words by finding the common thread among multiple, visual examples. That’s how they infer for themselves the definitions of words (Lawrence & Seifert, 2016.) Ordinarily, students who are good readers learn word meanings by avidly reading books, where most Tier Two words can be found. Since most students are not avidly reading, they are missing the 10-12 exposures that are required (Beck & McKeown, 1985) in order to deeply learn word meanings. With InferCabulary, students have all the information to build a semantic map in their minds!

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How InferCabularyteaches word meaning

How InferCabulary teaches word meaning – Our vocabulary instruction puts students in the driver’s seat. Instead of rote memorizing definitions, students actively engage with our multisensory lessons that combine nonverbal and verbal information (i.e., Dual Coding) so they quickly and efficiently learn Tier Two and Academic Vocabulary

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Improving Literacy withSemantic Reasoning

Improving Literacy with Semantic Reasoning – Readers need to know 98% of the words in a text or they struggle to comprehend. Boosting student vocabulary is key. InferCabulary’s semantic reasoning approach embeds fun activities designed to mimic the act of avid reading (traditionally the only way to build deep vocabulary knowledge.) Watch as your students improve their reading comprehension and writing by deeply owning sophisticated words!

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Extension Activities& Resources

Extension Activities and Resources – Add InferCabulary to your toolbox for direct vocabulary instruction. Check out our semantic maps, including definition rubrics for nouns and adjectives. Use our semantic map that students use to confidently use their new vocabulary effectively in sentences.

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Vocabulary Instructionfor all learners

InferCabulary is a web based vocabulary instruction tool that utilizes semantic reasoning and critical thinking skills to help students deeply learn Tier 2 vocabulary words.

In InferCabulary, students will encounter a mountain climbing experience including basecamp, where students learn new words, ascent, where students master the words they are learning, and expedition, where students practice words to fluency. InferCabulary incorporates real world images and audio to help students understand the vocabulary word in a variety of contexts and help students build a definition of the Tier 2 vocabulary word. Teachers can choose Tier 2 vocabulary words they want students to master, differentiate how students learn the vocabulary words and view progress monitoring.

InferCabulary utilizes best practice strategies perfect for whole group vocabulary instruction or online independent vocabulary practice.

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