Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Metric Vocabulary - Section 2: Science Vocabulary Journal-Write & Draw


Giving students time to write and draw about science vocabulary is a valuable use of instructional time. I know that providing 5 to 8 minutes per vocabulary word is the right amount of time. I use the Template for Vocabulary Terms to show students how to set up each writing page in the journal.

I want students to write a definition for the term. You can have them look up a definition, or write it in their own words, or provide the definition for them.

I want students to draw a picture that will represent the term and remind them of the meaning of the word. They are creating their own visual represenation.

I want students to write 2 to 3 examples of the word. Examples could also be synonyms. I encourage students to use a dictionary and thesaurus for this part.

I want students to write 2 to 3 non-examples of the word. Non-examples could also be antonyms. 

Teacher Tip: For ELL and Special Education students, I provide a word bank for writing and pre-determined images for the picture. Students can then cut out the terms and pictures and glue them into the appropriate place.

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Metric Vocabulary

Unit 1: Introduction to Science
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT write and draw about metric vocabulary terms.

Big Idea: Metric is the language of the scientific community and being able to understand and use these terms is an important science skill. Good vocabulary can help you say what you mean.

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Science, Science Skills, Scientific Method (Science Skills), metric, Marzano Vocabulary Strategies, science notebook
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