Reflection: Roots and Stems-Structure and Function - Section 2: Direct Instruction


In this lesson, I reinforced the vocabulary words, “structure” and “function”.  The students were introduced to these words during our five senses unit.  I have continued to use the words throughout when appropriate during our science lessons. 

I am so impressed in how quickly my students learned the meaning of these words and were able to understand their use in our science conversations.  Often times, we tend to dumb down our conversations and use of vocabulary with kindergarteners, but with scaffolding and support, these students are able to grow an amazing academic vocabulary. 

I have a terrific example of this from a math lesson I was teaching.  I asked a student how he got the answer and he said, “I subitized”.   The paraprofessional who works with students in my classroom was in awe.  She said, “Subitized?  I don’t even know what that means.”  The student went on to explain exactly what it means to subitize.  It was pretty impressive.

Academic vocabulary can be successfully used with kindergarten students, but it requires support and scaffolding.  Using the word multiple times in conjunction with a student-friendly vocabulary helps the students to become comfortable with using the vocabulary.  I am planning to expand the academic vocabulary that I expose my students to, scaffolding and adding supports as needed.

  Academic Vocabulary
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Roots and Stems-Structure and Function

Unit 7: Planting
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: Student will be able to describe what they know about the structure and functions of roots and stems by writing in their science journal.

Big Idea: Students practice their writing skills using their science journal while exploring plant parts!

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