Six Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary



There are six steps in the process of building academic vocabulary.









Steps for Teachers


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1. Give description, explanation or example of new terms


Example Term: TornadoWhat is the description of a tornado?Strong winds in a funnel shape that appears to move in circles.


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2. Ask student to give a description, explanation or

example of new term in their own words


Example Response: Rain and wind that takes objects from their location and moves them.


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3. Have students draw a picture,

symbol or locate a graphic to represent new term
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Student's Drawing


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Student's idea of tornado.


Steps for Student


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http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/notebook.htm

1. Participate in activities to provide more knowledge of words in vocabulary notebook





Sample Activity: Make a tornado.

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http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Education/Programs/Do-it-yourself-science/Environment-experiments/bottled-tornado-activity.aspx

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2. Discuss terms with other students'

Sample Activity: Prepare a wiki space for groups of four to discuss terms with other students.
Have each student research a different link at illiniweather.com and discuss the terminology at the site.
http://illiniweather.com/pages/kids_weather_links.htm


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3. Participate in games to provide reinforcement of new term.



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Sample Games for teachers to customize.








http://jc-schools.net/read6-12/word.htm
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/






Sandra Clancy

June 29, 2012