Vocabulators Program

Integrating Vocabulary and Comprehension:
Vocabulators Program

A Web-Based Program to Improve Vocabulary and Comprehension for 3rd Graders

The Vocabulators program is designed to: 

  • Help students understand the vocabulary often used in comprehension tasks

  • Apply comprehension vocabulary in text reading exercises

  • Expand instructional capacity and learning opportunities through educational software

The Vocabulators program was developed by:

  • Researchers at Texas A&M and the University of Connecticut

  • Morelco Technology

  • In consultation with third-grade teachers and reading specialists

The Vocabulators project is designed for third grade students who may: 

  • Benefit from additional vocabulary instruction

  • Profit from more opportunities for comprehension practice

The Vocabulators program combines research-based practices with innovative delivery methods.


How do I use the Vocabulators Program?


  • All lessons are delivered through a secure website.

  • Students log on and progress through lessons with self-guided lessons. 

  • On average, lessons last 15-20 minutes. 

  • Lessons resume where students leave off.

  • Students complete lessons 3-4 times per week. 


  • Check-in with students weekly to review progress.

  • Monitor student progress through their own dashboard.

  • Preview lessons to understand content and procedures. 


The Vocabulators program uses engaging technology to extend instructional resources. 

A 20 Minute Daily Program to Improve Vocabulary and Comprehesion

The Vocabulators program introduces the Vocabulators, five characters who teach, model, and explain important vocabulary and comprehension practices. 

IVC lessons have been tested in two states and lessons were refined in a pilot study during the fall of 2016. 

Vocabulator Video Link image


Sample Lesson Modules

Part 1: Narrative Text Structure Vocabulary

Sample Vocabulary Lesson - Evidence (PDF)

Sample Application Lesson (PDF)

• character • identify • details • solution
• setting • event • problem • locate
• evidence • describe    

Part 2: Informational Text  Vocabulary:

Sample Vocabulary Lesson - Main Idea (PDF)

Sample Application Lesson (PDF)

• fact • topic • explain • information
• statement • opinion • informational text • support
• main idea      

3: Narrative Text and Making Conclusions Vocabulary:

Sample Vocabulary Lesson - Summary (PDF)

Sample Application Lesson (PDF)

• conclusion • selection • summary • conclude
• sequence • fable • problem • locate

Part 4: Informational Text Structure Vocabulary:

Sample Application Lesson (PDF)

Sample Vocabulary Lesson - Compare (PDF)

• non-fiction • compare • connect • contrast
• sequence • decide • decision • inference
• infer