Spring 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kristin Kline Liu

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Bridget Erickson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Karen Dunlap


This capstone sought to research vocabulary instruction techniques and strategies in the upper elementary classroom. The need for specific instruction and activities was identified and described. Several relevant sources were cited including August, Calderòn and Beck, resources and techniques used traditionally in the language arts classroom were also applied to the mathematics classroom. A curriculum addendum was created and described in detail. This curriculum and approach to teaching mathematical vocabulary terms in the 4th grade fractions unit can be altered to different vocabulary terms for other units of instruction outside of the mathematics classroom. Strategies and techniques described include interactive word wall cards, semantic mapping, Frayer model graphic organizer, and cloze reading. This capstone provides classroom application framework for teaching and interacting with vocabulary. It is hoped that the included curriculum and methodology described will be used both in the EL classroom as well as the mainstream classroom.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Mathematics