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In teaching grade four children aboutcleanliness, four words shall be selectedwith one tier one word, two tier two wordsand one tier three word. The chosenwords are tier one: family, tier two:justify and explain and tier three:personal hygiene.


I would use a semantic map as a strategy to teach the word family tothe children (Smith, 2011). First off, I organize the word on agraphic with drawings of a father, mother,and children. This gives them a picture ofthe home, and thus, they will understandthat it is the family. It is the best strategy for this word becauseit improves visualization in the mind of the child and thus, enhancesremembering. My aim is to help the child connect the need to help thefamily maintain cleanliness.


In this case, it means that they give reasons “justify” for doingcleanliness. The strategy to teach this word is the use of a digitaltool (&quotWORDS, WORDS, WORDS,&quot2015). I project a game with the word “justify”as the answer. For example, the game asks, “I want to…………my actions”. Then the child answers justify,and the game goes ahead and explains that justify means to givereasons. It is the best strategy because the child will recall thegame whenever he/she sees this word and will rememberits meaning.


This term is meant to help a child givedirections to others about cleanliness. The reasons have to be“explained” to peers. The best strategy to teach the word is theuse of a concept cube (Yang &amp Dai, 2011). Here, they write theword on the cube that can be folded. Theother words are a connection of sentences like “Explain to yourfriend why you want to be clean.” If thechild constructs that meaning, then they have mastered the word. Theywill say to explain to your friend is to tell him/her. This strategyis suitable for this word because it is interactive and fun forchildren.

Personal hygiene

The word is the core of the unit. Children have to understandpersonal hygiene like oral care, taking showers, washing hands amongothers. The strategy for this word is the word parts method (&quotNoTears for Tiers: Common Core Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple l Dr.Kimberly`s Literacy Blog&quot, 2016). Here, I split the word to twothen I ask them to give the meaning of personal and hygiene. Fromthat, they will then understand that it means “my cleanliness.”Therefore, they will easily remember. It is the best strategy for acompound word, and it enhances easyunderstanding.

To conclude, the selected words to be taught includes family,justify, explain, and personal hygiene, and they are aboutthe unit cleanliness for grade four children. Some of the strategiesutilized are semantic maps, digital tools, concept cubes, and wordparts. Each word has its unique strategybecause of the context and the understanding that is needed by thelearners.


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