Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Scientists Use Precise Vocabulary - Section 1: Engage


This lesson contains a few of many strategies I use to support the development of academic vocabulary in my classroom. I have found that these methods are both effective and engaging for students, as they provides multiple approaches to the terminology and allow for connections to be made, incorporate critical thinking skills, and add relevance through the reference of two popular games that students already play. While I present it as a introductory science lesson at the beginning of the year, the strategies mentioned can be used during any content unit. In fact, I use the same strategies from this lesson across many different subject areas, including math, social studies and reading. This is just one example of how this strategy can be used within the context of a science lesson.

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Scientists Use Precise Vocabulary

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT create visual representations of scientific vocabulary. SWBAT use examples of scientific vocabulary in context.

Big Idea: The language of science is precise in order for scientists to communicate effectively and efficiently. We need to build language acquisition strategies in our students to allow them to communicate effectively as scientists.

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