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Academic Vocabulary Assessments
Transcript of Academic Vocabulary Assessments
15 September 2014
10 Target Vocabulary Words
1. Mass-the amount of matter in an object
2. Weight-the gravitational pull on an object
3. Gram-unit of mass
4. Kilogram-1,000 grams
5. Ounce-a unit of mass, equal to 28 grams
6. Matter-anything that has mass and takes up space
7. Atom-basic unit of matter
8. Estimate-to make an educated guess about the mass of an object
9. Measure-using an instrument, such as a scale to determine the size of an object
10. Scale-an instrument used to measure weight or mass
Measurement: Weighing in Grams and Kilograms
The learning experience is broken down into 2 parts, likely to be split over a 2 day period. Before each part, the teacher
will review the terms gram and kilogram.
On the first day, the learning activity will be focused on grams. The teacher will begin by allowing the students to hold a
paperclip to feel the weight of 1 gram. The students will then participate in a scavenger hunt, picking items that they feel
should be measured in grams. They will record their findings in a chart in their science journals. They will also measure
their items using a scale.
On the second day, the learning activity will be focused on kilograms. The teacher will begin by allowing the students to
hold a liter of water to allow the students to feel the weight of 1 kilogram. The students will be exposed to a variety of
objects and will be encouraged to infer whether the object weighs less than, more than, or about 1 kilogram. The
students will record their findings in their science journals.
After each learning activity, the teacher will facilitate a class discussion regarding the units used to measure mass and
the relationship between grams and kilograms.
GAGeorgia Performance Standards
Grade/Course: Grade 4
Skill Area: MEASUREMENT
Standard: M4M1. Students will understand the concept of weight and how to measure weight.
Performance Indicator: a. Use standard and metric units to measure the weight of objects.
Performance Indicator: b. Know units used to measure weight (gram, kilogram, ounces, pounds, and tons).
Students will be able to estimate the mass of simple objects, in terms of grams or kilograms, by handling them.
Students will be able to distinguish between a gram and kilogram by comparing the weight of objects to certain reference points, such as a paperclip or liter of water.
Students will be able to determine the mass of an object by weighing them using a balance or spring scale.
Students will be able to understand and use related vocabulary accurately while estimating, weighing, and recording the mass of selected items.
: Have students record vocabulary words in their science journals using a concept map as a graphic organizer. The students can draw pictures, use magazine cut-outs, or other visual cues to help them better understand the terms.
: After introduction, use, and review of new terms, have students play bingo using new vocabulary words. Students can work in groups of 3-4 or as a whole class exercise.
: The vocabulary words and definitions can be added to the wall as a reference for students. The word wall can include visual aids as well.
Determining Student Understanding: Formative & Summative Assessments
Exit tickets: Require students to answer vocabulary questions before moving onto the next activity
Think, Pair, & Share: Have students get with a partner and discuss the definitions of the vocabulary words and then share those definitions with other groups in the classroom
Sentence Machine: Have students write complete sentences in their science journals using the term and definition
Graphic Organizers in their science and math journals
Vocabulary Quiz: Have students complete a quiz with terms and definitions. Depending on the student's English proficiency level, the quiz may be fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, or matching.
Vocabulary Portfolio: Have students create an organized, ongoing portfolio for vocabulary words with definitions and visual aids. The portfolio can run the length of an entire unit and can be graded upon the unit's completion.
Georgia Department of Education, (2013). Common core georgia performance standards framework: Fourth grade mathematics, grade level overview. Retrieved from website: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Common-Core/Common Core Frameworks/CCGPS_Math_4_GradeLevelOverview.pdf
Jacobsen, D., Eggen, P., & Kauchak, D. (2009). Methods for teaching: Promoting student learning in k12
ed.). Pearson Education
Johnson, E., & Joseph, J. (2009, Dec 23). Formative and summative assessment . Retrieved from http://www.education.com/reference/article/formative-and-summative-assessment/