Semantics refers to the meaning of words and how words relate to each other. Another way to think of semantics is like a network or web. Each word has others linked to it; some closely and some distantly. Each word belongs to several groups, some big and some small and each word has a definition that sets it apart from other words. For example: apples, pears and oranges are all types of fruit, but they all have specific features which also sets them apart from each other. This knowledge of what words mean helps children acquire an extensive vocabulary. Research consistently reports that students with strong semantic knowledge are more likely to be successful literacy and academic learners.