Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Ellen L. Schiller

Second Advisor

Nick Woodward

Academic Year



A lack of vocabulary knowledge may have an influence on student reading comprehension. Reading comprehension, a fundamental, skill, hinges on understanding unknown vocabulary. The research highlights the significant correlation between reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge, stressing its increasing importance as students encounter more complex text. This project explores the importance vocabulary plays in reading comprehension and its link to overall academic success. It further explores strategies to effectively increase student vocabulary and comprehension. The project is designed for elementary classrooms (K-6) to be integrated into existing lessons and routines. An in-service session, part of a district-wide professional development day, will be offered. The project addresses a critical aspect of early education, aiming to enhance students’ vocabulary knowledge to positively impact reading comprehension, providing educators with practical tools and strategies.