Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

7 Easy-to-Implement Non-Linguistic Vocabulary Interventions

By Susan Fitzell

Since RTI was originally created to help lower elementary school children with literacy issues, much of the existing material on RTI focuses on vocabulary interventions or linguistic interventions. It is important to understand that these types of interventions can actually be used across the curriculum – in every subject from social students to math – to introduce vocabulary related to new themes and to show connections within themes.

Still, linguistic interventions may not work for every student in every subject. The following are some non-linguistic interventions that can be used across the curriculum.

1. Have your students act out vocabulary words with their bodies. This will give them a visual picture to their words.

2.Have the class clap out the syllables in the names of their classmates or their vocabulary words. This is a great strategy for helping kids remember long and multisyllabic words.

3. Kinesthetic Alphabetizing: Put vocabulary words on individual cards and pass them out to the class. Then have them move around the room and, at a signal from you, form groups (of five or less, depending on grade level and vocabulary) and line up in alphabetical order.

4. Kinesthetic Prepositions: Have students use an object such as a pencil and hold it in, under, over, next to, beside, or above their desk to act out prepositions.

5. Have students finger spell their vocabulary and spelling words.

6. Form pictures to connect to vocabulary: For visual vocabulary review cards, try This site is a wonderful tool for teachers and students alike!

7. Building vocabulary skills at home: Suggest to parents that they turn on the closed captioning on their TV.

About the author

Susan Gingras Fitzell, M. Ed, CSP specializes in transforming teaching from whole class instruction that teaches to the middle to instruction that structures and enhances lessons to reach every student, whether gifted or struggling.
She’s a dynamic, nationally recognized presenter, author of over a dozen books for teachers and parents, and an educational consultant. Susan speaks from experience in the classroom! Her work focuses on building caring school communities and helping students and teachers succeed in the inclusive classroom.
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