Vocabulary Instruction Using InferCabulary

See why InferCabulary is taking the literacy community by storm. Watch our best practice, Tier Two vocabulary instruction in action so you can help students reach all their vocabulary goals.


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.


How InferCabularyteaches word meaning

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.


Improving Literacy withSemantic Reasoning

Students more quickly and deeply learn the meaning of the 98% of words required to read with comprehension.


Extension Activities& Resources

Check out our semantic maps, including definition rubrics for nouns and adjectives and a semantic map that helps students confidently use their new vocabulary effectively in sentences.


How words were selectedfor Shareable Games

For each book in our free collection, we selected 30 Tier Two words for students to learn prior to reading the text. You want to provide best-practice vocabulary instruction to your students. Because the “secret sauce” in InferCabulary is semantic reasoning, this approach provides them with at least six different contexts. Playing through a whole mountain should result in students “owning” these words on a deep level, increasing their ability to notice and apply understanding to the text when the words are encountered during reading.

Our team is a huge fan of the work of Beck & McKeown, Biemiller, Marzano, Paivio, Templeton, Ganske, and Heibert, among others. We have explored lists of all kinds, including Words Worth Teaching, The Academic Word List, Academic Collocation List, Living Word Vocabulary, The New General Services List, and SAT/ACT lists to name a few. We have identified words that are more generally “worth knowing” and “words worth teaching” by grade level and made those available to you and your students. Finally, we curated a few lists to help students with ELA (e.g., emotion words that will assist them in identifying the author’s purpose and tone) and for preparing for standardized tests.

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