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Step 1 - Teacher introduces the term with a description, explanation, or example
Step 2 - Students restate the description, explanation or example in their own words.
Step 3 - Students construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the term.
Step 4 - Teacher engages students in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the term.
Step 5 - Students discuss the terms with each other periodically.
Step 6 - Students play games with the terms periodically.
Vocabulary Notebook page sample
Here is a sample format for recording content vocabulary in a notebook.
Here is a short version of the 6 steps for building academic vocabulary. # 6 is Games. It wouldn't fit in the box!
Monitor the Students' Understanding
Make sure that when the students are restating the definition in their own words, and drawing the term, that their understanding is accurate. It is hard to undo mistakes that have been practiced.