Science Vocabulary Folders are a more traditional method for vocabulary I use along with active forms of instruction. We use dance moves, hand motions, games, diagrams, anchor charts, PowerPoints, fold-ups, and hands-on vocabulary instruction.
5th graders in Texas are exposed to and tested on so many new science terms. They don’t have to just recite the definition; they have to truly understand it. I only include the MOST important terms for each unit, which is anywhere from 4-8 terms.
For our vocabulary folders, I like to have a requirement and then some options. I personally require a description in students’ own words and some sort of image, then I offer options for the other things they might include for a word.
Here are some options you can offer students or require for each term:
- description of the term
- what I know about it
- synonyms (if there are any)
- word drawing
- understanding rating 1-4
- characteristics of the term
- examples and non-examples
You can download the science vocabulary folder on TpT for free. There is an editable page included so that you can add your own terms. Download now.