Learning at the Lake
Notes from your coach, Tara :o)
Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core
Activity for teaching a set of words:
-Divide students into groups and give them each 2-3 words. Have students discuss what they think the meaning of the word may be. Students can then look up the meaning of the word.
-Have students create posters using the template shown below for their words.
-Collect the word cards and place them face down on the table. Draw a word card. That group comes up and shares their word and the poster. Have them describe the illustration they chose and how it connects with the word.
-When all the students have finished, fill in the vocabulary organizer below.
-Continue to use these words when writing Higher Order Thinking questions.
-Highlight the words whenever they are in assessments you create.
If you would like any of these resources, please let me know. If you would like to talk about some more vocabulary activities to teach the Essential Vocabulary, shoot me an email!
The response category has great starters for students to include in argumentative writing too!
Students bring these to their group so they have the prompts necessary to hold an academic conversation. We had students highlight one from each column to use in their first conversation.
These papers were written after students conversed, read, and listened to one another's opinions about the issue of parents helping with homework.