The Bridge of Vocabulary 2: Evidence-based Activities for Academic Success
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The Bridge of Vocabulary 2: Evidence-based Activities for Academic Success


Overview: Explicit, research-based vocabulary intervention activities tied to academic standards

Administration: Digital (but also printable) on Q-global

Completion Time: variable per activity

Telepractice: Tips on using this tool in your telepractice

Publication Date: 2019

Cite this product as: Montgomery, J. (2019). The bridge of vocabulary: Evidence-based activities for academic success (2nd ed.). Bloomington, MN: NCS Pearson.


Product Details

The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 is a completely digital, evidence-based set of vocabulary activities designed specifically for both general and special education professionals. Interventions can be purchased for 5 different age and/or skill appropriate ranges — over 125 activities in all!

Use The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 :

  • To provide targeted instruction and interventions for all students in a classroom setting, students with language and learning disabilities, students with complex communication disabilities, and across all service delivery models
  • To collaborate with other disciplines in vocabulary development, essential to listening, speaking, reading and writing success

Relying on proven techniques

Authored by Dr. Judy Montgomery and reviewed and tested by classroom teachers and SLPs, The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 furnishes explicit teaching instructions in each activity, grounded in an easy-to-understand goal statement and literature references as the link to scientific evidence. Links to academic standards help anchor vocabulary intervention to curricular outcomes. This easy-to-use tool employs strategies grounded in solid research, such as activities that:

  • Help specialists, teachers, and parents systematically plan explicit word encounters
  • Encourage fast mapping
  • Provide extended exposure to vocabulary
  • Demonstrate phonotactic probability and neighborhood density, two important factors in vocabulary growth
  • Incorporate student-friendly definitions that use spoken vocabulary words instead of reading vocabulary words

The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 offers the only explicit vocabulary intervention tool tied to evidence-based research and curriculum standards and developed for both general and special educators to use collaboratively!

Useful with a variety of student populations

The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 is designed to supply professionals with the resources they need to create linguistic environments that will allow all students to succeed as listeners, speakers, readers, and writers. The activities can be used with:

  • ELL students
  • Students with language and learning disabilities
  • Students with complex communication disabilities
  • Typical elementary and secondary students, including low and high achievers

A framework for success

The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 applies a list of “Top 10” strategies shown to be essential in teaching vocabulary skills to general and special education students:

  • Four Types of Vocabulary
  • Tier 2 words
  • Repetition
  • Dense Neighborhoods
  • New Concepts
  • Word Categories
  • Word Consciousness
  • Levels of Knowing
  • Word Meanings
  • Student-Friendly Definitions

Comprehensive content

The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 , all together, has 127 activities across five grade or level groupings: preschool and kindergarten, lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and advanced practice.

This valuable resource targets a full range of vocabulary skills and concepts, including:

  • Listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Language processing of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions
  • Antonyms and synonyms
  • Classification & Categorization
  • Word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and roots)
  • Rhyming
  • Compound Words
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Using Words in Descriptions
  • Meaning and usage
  • Storytelling
  • Word play

Why Digital-Only for The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 ?

Each grade or level grouping is purchased and accessed using Pearson’s Q-global system (in the Resource Library). Q-global accounts are free! Materials can be used on any device, can be printed, and have links embedded in the Table of Contents for each grouping for faster searching.

Almost 500 pages of content comprise this second edition. Why worry about losing a book or CD or forgetting it in one place when you need it somewhere else? With the Q-global Resource Library, you always have it with you!



Pre-recorded Webinars

  • Bridge of Vocabulary 2- More Incredible Research-Based Vocabulary Tasks!

    Presenter: Judy K. Montgomery, Ph.D. CCC-SLP


    Words are the basis of all languages- and children need to capture as many words as early as possible to hear, speak, read and write! Presented in an easy to reach format, and solidly established within the top ten strategies in language acquisition, The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 offers evidence-based practice for vocabulary interventions for K-12 students. Participants will come away with an understanding of the intersection of literacy, language, and the power of vocabulary.

    Learner Outcomes

    As a result of this activity, the participants will be able to:

    1. List at least two ways that K-12 students acquire vocabulary.
    2. Describe the impact of short, repeated "word interventions".
    3. Discuss five of the top ten Evidence-Based Vocabulary Strategies     

    Time-ordered Agenda - Eastern Time Zone

    4:00 to 4:15 pm - Introduction to vocabulary acquisition

    4:15 to 4:25 pm - Using the Bridge of Vocabulary 2 Activities

    4:25 to 4:30 pm - Curriculum Standards--Preschool through Advanced Skills

    4:30 to 4:50 pm - Vocabulary skill demonstrations 

    4:50 to 4:55 pm - The role of speech-language pathologists and teachers. 

    4:55 to 5:00 pm - Question and Answer

    This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area.)

    Date: Dec 05, 2018

    link Video: Bridge of Vocabulary 2- More Incredible Research-Based Vocabulary Tasks!




Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

  • Can I use the activities with individuals and groups?

    Yes. Each activity in The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 displays an icon indicating one or more suggested group sizes for instruction or intervention. Many of the activities are flexible to both individual student use and group work.

  • How much time should I allow for each activity?

    Activities in The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 are not timed. However, an icon is displayed in each activity to indicate an estimated length of time that a particular activity might last. This icon shows 1–3 bars: 1 bar is approximately 5 mins or less, 2 bars may range from 5–15 minutes, and 3 bar activities usually take at least 15 minutes.

  • Can I implement these activities by myself or with other professionals?

    Yes. The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 is intended to be used by many different professionals in multiple ways. For example, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) may use an activity in a 1:1 intervention session with a student toward an IEP goal. Or, a classroom teacher and SLP or reading specialist may collaborate during an in-class activity with a small or large group.

  • What kinds of prompting should I use during the activities?

    The progress monitoring form allows the professional to record different types of prompting used or needed during an activity. In general, verbal, visual, and physical prompting may all be beneficial during the activities—the student or group will define what level of support is needed. Additionally, the professional should track how quickly the prompting may fade as the student(s) gain more vocabulary skill and independence at a given activity.

Two-Minute Talks with Dr. Judy Montgomery

Pricing & Ordering

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Note: The Bridge of Vocabulary 2 is a digital-only product and can be easily used on any device through the Q-global Resource Library. Pages from each set of activities may also be printed as needed.

Order Components

Q-global® Web-based Administration, Scoring and Reporting
  • Administration Materials



  • The Bridge Of Vocabulary 2: Q-global Preschool and Kindergarten Activities

    Preschool/Kindergarten Activities (27 activities)

  • The Bridge Of Vocabulary 2: Q-global Lower Elementary Activities

    Lower Elementary Activities (24 activities)

  • The Bridge Of Vocabulary 2: Q-global Upper Elementary Activities

    Upper Elementary Activities (24 activities)

  • The Bridge Of Vocabulary 2: Q-global Middle School Activities

    Middle School Activities (24 activities)

  • The Bridge Of Vocabulary 2: Q-global Advanced Practice Activities

    Advanced Practice Activities (27 activities)

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