Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Unraveling Vocabulary - Section 3: Exploration


I believe that it is essential to provide students with experiences that teach them the vocabulary meaning prior to teaching them the technical vocabulary. This provides a picture in their heads to connect to the new words. Without this connection, students learn new vocabulary in a vacuum and have to try to connect the words with their subsequent learning. This often leads to confusion between terms. In this investigation of weathering processes, the difference in definitions becomes clear from the demonstrations and the terms connect easily as they are introduced.

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Unraveling Vocabulary

Unit 1: Weathering Wreaks Havoc
Lesson 6 of 10

Objective: Students will use their experiences so far in this unit to generate definitions for key terms.

Big Idea: Students learn key vocabulary better when they have a concrete understanding of the concepts prior to defining the words.

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