Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Vocabulary Strategies - Section 1: Science Vocabulary Journal - Write & Draw


Science vocabulary is hard! There are so many new words for students to learn and understand. Many times students have not been exposed to science vocabulary and so it makes learning these words even more difficult. To help students learn, understand, and use new science words, I have each student keep their own Science Vocabulary Journal. 

At the start of the school year, I have students set up their Science Vocabulary Journal. My students use a wide-ruled composition notebook, but you could have your students use any size notebook. I find that the composition size notebook is an easy size to store in the classroom in plastic crates. When the notebook stays in the classroom, then it is not "lost" or "in the locker." As an option, you could have students complete single sheets of paper (paper copy of the vocabulary template) and then use one file folder for each student to hold their vocabulary sheets. This file folder will grow as the year progresses, filling up with student work. The vocabulary template is a graphic organizer for building student vocabulary.

As students set up their journal, I ask them to use one page per vocabulary word and draw the template on each page in the journal. The template is divided into four squares like the Frayer Model: the word (at the top), definition, draw/color an image, examples, and non-examples.

At the end of the year, students have their own Science Vocabulary book or dictionary. This vocabulary book will help students develop a conceptual understanding of the content because building vocabulary builds content knowledge. Students find it useful and will even refer back to these words in the future!

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Science Vocabulary Journal
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Vocabulary Strategies

Unit 6: Earth, Sun, and Moon
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT write, draw, and interact with domain specific vocabulary.

Big Idea: Science vocabulary 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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