The Bridge of Vocabulary: Evidence-Based Activities for Academic Success

The Bridge of Vocabulary offers the only explicit vocabulary intervention program tied to evidence-based research and curriculum standards and developed for both general and special educators. For a new and digital version, please see the BOV2 page.

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The Bridge of Vocabulary applies five practices shown to be essential in teaching vocabulary skills to general and special education students: (1) engage students often with a wide selection of books; (2) enjoy word games and word play; (3) teach word learning strategies; (4) be explicit; and (5) be redundant.


  • Helps specialists, teachers, and parents systematically plan explicit word encounters.
  • Encourages fast mapping and provides slow mappers with extended exposure to vocabulary.
  • Demonstrates phonotactic probability and neighborhood density, two important factors in vocabulary growth.
  • Incorporates student-friendly definitions that use spoken vocabulary words instead of reading vocabulary words.
  • Equally useful for typical students as for ELL students, students with language and learning disabilities, students with complex communication disabilities, and low/high achiever students.


The Bridge of Vocabulary  helps educators create linguistic environments that allow students to succeed as listeners, speakers, readers, and writers.

  • Includes about 100 activities that target a full range of vocabulary skills and concepts (e.g., listening, speaking, reading, writing, language processing, word play, etc.)
  • Proven techniques reviewed and tested by classroom teachers and SLPs.
  • A curriculum standard, with explicit teaching instructions.
  • Guided and independent practice activities.

Picture and Word Card Examples

Independent Practice Worksheet Example


Sample Activities

The following sample activities are available.



The following resources are available for The Bridge of Vocabulary.



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

Two-Minute Talks with Dr. Judy Montgomery

Which words should I teach?

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What makes a word “easy” or “hard” to learn?

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Can I use these vocabulary-learning tasks for children at different ages than suggested in the BOV book?

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Should I read to students who cannot read the texts at their age level? 

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I like your ideas, but how do I activate prior knowledge for vocabulary therapy when students have very limited life experiences?

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