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Teaching Science Vocabulary Through Writing

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Jeremy Thompson

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Teaching Science Vocabulary Through Writing

Daily Vocabulary Hands-On Labs Classwork Stations and Students work in small groups using their notes from morning work. Each group works on two words to create student-friendly definitions. Students are re-grouped so that one person in each group is an "expert" on a different word. Morning Work Students take turns sharing their words and take notes as their peers present their words Expository writing on labwork Use cluster website to coordinate classwork that coincides with the labs. 3rd Grade Heat Transfer 5th Grade Simple Machines Vocabulary Writing Reading Math Science Charlotte Harbor Watershed (3rd) Classwork Field Trip Vocabulary Concept Maps Narratives LA. - The student will write in a variety of informational/expository forms (e.g., rules, summaries, procedures, recipes, notes/messages, labels, instructions, graphs/tables, experiments, rubrics). L.A. - The student will record information (e.g., observations, notes, lists, charts, map labels, legends) related to a topic, including visual aids as appropriate L.A. - The student will use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly

L.A. - The student will use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words

L.A. - The student will relate new vocabulary to familiar words

L.A. - The student will use meaning of familiar base words and affixes (prefixes and suffixes) to determine meanings of unfamiliar complex words

L.A. - The student will use knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, homophones, and homographs to determine the meaning of words

L.A. - The student will determine the correct meaning of words with multiple meanings in context

L.A. - The student will determine meanings of unfamiliar words by using a dictionary, thesaurus, and digital tools Alligned Standards (Word-a-Day) Eriosion Context Structure Student must share his/her definition
with group and defend it. Key Component Sound Guess Share & Defend Check Alligned Standards Student-friendly definitions

Decoding Strategies


Jigsaw Student-friendly Definitions Work at tables

Early finishers help slow pokes Weeks 1-2 Weeks 3-4 Weeks 5-6 Expository Writing Definitions Word Wall - working with words Examples: Decoding Strategies Jigsaw 1 2 3 4 Procedures Things you need to teach before this will work Visuwords online dictionary Context Structure Sound Use context clues from the sentences to determine meanings
of unfamiliar words Use familiar base words and affixes to determine meanings of unfamiliar words Does the unfamiliar word sound like a familiar word which helps determine meaning? Morning Work word
I think. . .

share & defend
look up definition 5 min. 5 min. Lab Group Roles Teach and desginate each role's responsibilities and expectations BEFORE the lab Cooperative Structures Word Wall Activities Teach each activity (wordo or rivet) at whole group before placing at a station. Reading Lab Before human modification, ladmasses were probably eroding at rates close to 1 inch (2 to 3 centimeters) per 1,000 years; now rates have doubled. In the United States 30% is natural erosion, while 70% is because of human intervention. Bi-weekly informal assessments using various cooperative strategies Record Numbered heads together
KAGAN strategies If time runs out during your regular writing class use this time for some informal assessments such as. . . Into the
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