APPENDIX C9
GRADE LEVEL ANALYSIS OF TARGET VOCABULARY RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM EYEWITNESS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NATURE (Indirect-approach Group)

Target Word
n=36

Dale List of 3,000 Familiar Words (Chall & Dale, 1995)

Ginn Word Book for Teachers Grade Level (Johnson, Moe, & Baumann, 1983)

Living Word Book Grade Level (Dale & O’Rourke, 1981)

families

x (family)

   

fruit

x

   

owl

x

   

seeds

x (seed)

   
       

prey

 

2

 
       

arctic poppy

   

4 (each word)

binocular vision

   

4 (each word)

cacti

   

4 (cactus)

host

   

4

hummingbird

   

4

socket

   

4

strangler fig

   

4 (strangler); 6 (fig)

       

fragrant waterlily

 

5 (fragrant)

4 (waterlily)

       

buttercup

   

6

nectar

   

6

pollinated

   

6 (pollinate)

roost

   

6

tropical

   

6

       

breeding

   

8

habitat

   

8

pellets

   

8 (pellet)

primrose

   

8

species

   

8

       

hovering

   

10

plumage

   

10

       

bog bilberry

   

10 (bog); 12 (bilberry)

cotyledons

   

12 (cotyledon)

deciduous

   

12

prickly pear

   

12

saguaro

   

12

tundra

   

12

vertebrate

   

12

       

nocturnal

   

16

       

Words not listed in sources cited above: dicot plants (although plant is a 1st grade word), Jurassic, purple saxifrage (although purple is in the Dale list of 3,000 familiar words).

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