DLM Core Vocabulary

The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM) Core Vocabulary is a list of words that have been determined to be highly useful for communicating in both social and academic contexts. The words are listed in rank order of utility based on a variety of factors that are fully explained in the DLM™ Core Vocabulary Overview paper. This word list includes vocabulary that is necessary for the DLM™ Essential Elements.

Columns on the spreadsheet include the following:

Column A Core vocabulary words
Column B Priority score - A score derived through this project to indicate the utility of the word.  A larger number indicates greater utility.
Column C AAC Core – A score of 1 indicates that the word appears on one or more AAC core vocabulary lists from the research and/or on a commercially available AAC system that features core vocabulary. 
Columns D—G DLM Essential Elements that require the expressive use of the word.  The listed Essential Elements come from the lowest grade level where the word is required, and the list is not exhaustive.    
Columns H—J Common Core State Standards that require the expressive use of the word.  The listed Common Core State Standards come from the lowest grade level where the word is required, and the list is not exhaustive.

Dynamic Learning Maps™ Core Vocabulary (xls)
Dynamic Learning Maps™ Core Vocabulary (pdf)

Dynamic Learning Maps™ Core Vocabulary 1st 40 Grid (pdf)

Dynamic Learning Maps™ Core Vocabulary Overview paper (pdf)

Journey to the Core:  Developing a Core Vocabulary for the Common Core presented by Dr. Penelope Hatch, Allison Dennis, and Marlene Cummings at the 2013 ASHA Conference in Chicago, IL.