Reflection: Gradual Release Getting To Know The Lingo-Vocabulary - Section 3: Guided Practice/Independent Practice


In preparing for today's lesson, I did a quick survey to see how many students had ever used a dictionary.  Out of 85 students, only a total of 15 students reported to ever using an actual dictionary to look up a word.  Most students reported using technology of some sort. 

I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this lesson.  I didn't know how much I would have to scaffold.  I ended up being extremely surprised and needed to provide a bit more of a challenge for them.  This was great news and I was happy to push them.  I ended up provide the students with a word and asked them to locate the guide words to use to locate the word. 

This required them to go into the dictionaries, locate the word, and then report out the guide words.  Because this was a bit of a step up as far as complexity goes, I did allow the to work with their shoulder partners.  This provided the struggling students assistance and a great model! 

What I thought was going to be a very boring, dry lesson, ended up being a lot of fun and very valuable!

  Dictionary Pre-Assessment
  Gradual Release: Dictionary Pre-Assessment
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Getting To Know The Lingo-Vocabulary

Unit 9: BootCamp
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT define unknown words using dictionaries and the internet to look up the definitions.

Big Idea: Students become word experts and master the skill of using resources to define unknown words.

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