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Interactive Word Walls - Supporting the ELPS in the Science classroom
"Interactive Word Walls" serve as visual scaffolds and a strategy to reinforce language arts instruction. They will increase science vocabulary in 5 easy steps. These word walls are planned by the teacher but created and updated by the students, who find objects or examples to display, prepare labels, write definitions, create illustrations and suggest relevant connections and patterns.
- Plan - Determine vocabulary needs based on your students and your grade level goals. Keep in mind what has been taught, what needs to be taught and what will be taught in next grade levels. The familiar words can be direct taught, while the new terms should be introduced through inquiry. Also, identify crosscutting concepts, multiple meaning words, affixes and root words related to the science standard. Then, the words should be paired with pictures or real objects. Sketch a concept map to organize content and connect the vocabulary. Patterns and connections related to the science standards determine the concept map or framework used to structure the word wall.
- Create a student worksheet that mirrors the concept map sketch. They will complete it as the unit develops.
- Place the word wall - They may be arranged on cupboard or classroom doors, walls, windows, or hung from the ceiling with wire. For maximum instructional potential, students are allowed to participate in the construction process, which will finish around the time the unit is also finished.
- Build the wall in class - Strategically introduce target vocabulary and highlight connections to previously established word or concepts during instruction. Once students have planned and carried out investigations, they (directed by their teacher) add the items to the column under the proper heading.
- Complete student record sheet and word wall together - As the word wall sections are completed, students also fill in their organizers. These sheets track daily instruction and may be used as a formative assessment and a guide to the teacher to adjust instruction. Students usually glue the organizers into their science notebooks at the beginning of a unit. When it is finished, the teacher takes a picture and give a copy of the completed word wall to the students to glue it into their notebooks.
(Taken from "Interactive Word Walls, create a tool to increase science vocabulary in five easy steps" by Julie Jackson and Rose Narvaez)
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