Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding LGLS Vocabulary Activity - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


The goal for this activity was to develop a deeper understanding of core academic vocabulary related to scientific inquiry. I most firmly believe that academic language is one of the most challenging barriers that too often limits students of all categories (ELL, SE, and others) from accessing the content of a discipline. I'd go so far as to say that this is no more true than in science (except for world languages, for obvious reasons).

That being said, as I examined the vocabulary assignments produced by Students 1 and 2, it is clear that they were able to list, group, and label the twenty assigned words into three or more  categories. The category labels accurately depicted the unifying theme of the chosen vocabulary. These categories generally broke down into how science is done, proofing, and the types of variables found in a controlled experiment.

Of the two student samples, it is clear that student #1 was more articulate in explaining how he selected his categories but both demonstrated their ability to distinguish the main meanings of the target vocabulary. Taken as a starting foundation, these students have familiarity with the vocabulary that I will use frequently in class which increases student access to the often complex concepts that cannot be understood without a solid base of language.

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LGLS Vocabulary Activity

Unit 1: 1) Intro to Science ("Investigations by Design")
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: Students will use the List-Group-Label-Summarize (LGLS) strategy to increase their proficiency in academic vocabulary pertaining to scientific inquiry.

Big Idea: Students struggle quite often from foreign or challenging vocabulary, especially so in science. Targeted use of tested strategies can be used to get at the meaning of science vocabulary.

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Science, Scientific Method (Science Skills), Vocabulary and Concept Development, Patterns (Science), Communicating Information, independent study, habits of mind, Science Practices, summarizing
  55 minutes
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