9/20- See update of how it went.
In our small groups, I saw that my intervention students were really struggling with vocabulary, so I have developed a plan of attack. This post is as much for me to process as it is for you to read. 🙂
Here’s what we’ve done whole class regarding vocabulary:
PowerPoint and notes
lab activities for properties of matter
dance moves–yes, dance moves. We have dance moves for words that we do to act them out. I call them the hippest moves in town. We currently have moves that we chant along with for conductor, insulator, less dense, more dense, and solubility. I call out a move and we chant and do the move. I have a few kiddos who are too cool. I don’t say anything to them about it…they stand there and I just let them watch the rest of us have fun. They may be tempted at some point to join. We’ll add on some more moves during the week. (end tangent)
In small group today, we did a fill in the blank and worked on our vocabulary folders. The fill in the blank showed me that we have some work to do.
Work on vocabulary with groups for one hour tomorrow and 30 minutes on Friday.
Activity 1: Diagrams and Demos
I created this document for students to complete as we do some quick demos. Download here. The point is to get comfortable with the new terminology and be able to recognize and use the terms correctly.
I have the words and definitions written because many of these students in small group have trouble with writing and reading. The point is for them to understand, not to write and read. I want them focused on learning definitions and drawing diagrams that show that understanding.
Activity 2: CLOZE passages
I have 4 CLOZE passages that use these terms and have a word bank.
Activity 3: Vocab in a Flash
I talk about this activity on a blog post about Vocabulary Review.
I would like to see these terms mastered by the end of class Friday. Send well wishes my way and I’ll send some your way. 🙂