I posted earlier about my action research on Tier 2 vocabulary words for bellwork. Some of my results are in, and I wanted to share....
I conducted a "pre-quiz" on a set of 5 words, worked with the words for 5 class days and then a "post-quiz" on the same five words. It was matching words and definitions. Don't forget....the post-quiz was the day before February break! The 7A, 7B, 8A, and 8B designations indicate the groups. 7A and B are 7th grade, 8A and B are 8th grade. 8A and 7B both have significant ELL students. 7B also has some IEP students.
Not bad...I was actually hoping for even a little better, but some of the words were similar, and they got confused.
The words were: property, component, factor, consecutive, and formation.
I also conducted a survey where I asked them if they were aware of the focus on vocabulary in bellwork, if it was helping them in science, in other classes, not helping them at all, etc. I also asked them what methods worked best for them.