Saturday, July 30, 2011

Easy Academic Vocabulary Activities & Math Dictionary Review- 25% off

I received a copy of the Math Dictionary for kids to review.  Even though this dictionary is marketed to grades 4-9, I would like to show you all the fabulous ways that is is applicable to the lower grades- including first!  Read on for vocabulary strategies that can be used for any grade!

This is the year of evaluations for teachers- particularly in Tennessee!  I will have SIX evaluations this year!  Whew!

We are getting the EnVision Math series and I still don't have a teacher's manual!  However, I do know the academic vocabulary for first grade already, and I'd like to share that with you.  I'm also including science because many of those terms overlap with math and are included in this dictionary.

Academic Vocabulary for First Grade- Math

additive pattern
bar type graph
certain event
equal parts 
fact family 
fractional parts 
greater than
impossible event
number facts 
number pattern
number sentence
rectangular prism 
repeating pattern
skip count
whole numbers 

Science Vocabulary

meter stick 
natural resources 

As I look over those words, I think- Wow!  Some of these are really complicated!  How do I get my little first graders to understand these terms?

I really like the Frayer Model.  I think the children could make up their own definition in kid-friendly terms, but then I would use the math dictionary to reinforce it (or to start out with if they aren't familiar with the word).  Please understand that this dictionary is targeted for grades 4-9 and they will need scaffolding to work with it.  However, they learn amazing dictionary skills and the content included in this book is also appropriate for first grade.

Who am I? Game
An easy game to play with any vocabulary words is "Who am I?".  Each student has a foam strip with a velcro dot on their forehead (elastic holds either side of the foam- like a hat).  The teacher attaches a secret vocabulary words to the velcro.  Students can ask each other ONLY yes or no questions.  A student can only be asked 3 questions before they have to move on to a different student.  A word bank could be supplied on the board.  Great activity with math vocabulary!

Graffiti Wall & Carousal
*Great introduction activity!!!
With this activity, post a sheets of chart board paper all over the room with one vocabulary word written on it (a different word at each sheet).  I would probably have 5 words posted and break my student up into groups of four.  Have them count off 1-4 and then the ones go stand at this poster, the twos back there.....
Anyway, give each group 1 marker (each group has a different color) and that travels with them.  Start the timer and have them write or draw what they think the definition or examples would be.  Then rotate around the room (carousal).  Here is an example:
What I love about this activity is that students can really construct their own knowledge without the teacher correcting them!  When they see their work compared to everyone else's, they make realize that they made a mistake and it really sticks with them.  I know this because it happened to me!  My group started out with "Cardinal Number" which we mixed up with "Ordinal Number".  When we rotated back to our original poster, we immediately realized our mistake.  Each group presents their original poster to the class.

ABC Vocabulary Book
First you could have your students brainstorm all the (math) vocabulary words they could think of that start with each letter of the alphabet.  Next, as a workstation, the students could create a page for their letter.  Here is an example:
Pattern #2
Line1: A noun
Line2: Two adjectives
Line 3: Three -ing words
Line 4: A phrase
Line 5: Another word for the noun

Here is my example for the word "Fraction."  The format we used didn't have the -ing words.  Also, the fifth line should read "Fractions let us share"

Tagxedo & Wordle
A high tech option is to create a wordle or tagxedo with vocabulary words.
You could have a parent volunteer type in the words the students created to come up with a Tagxedo like the star below.

Glogster is a multimedia poster online.  It's basically a poster that can incorporate movies, audio, and interactive images.  This could be a great idea for older kids to demonstrate a concept!  I've seen it done with firsties, too- but it's alot more complicated!  You can sign up for a free educator account or view the best glogs around.

Math Dictionary For Kids
So, if you need a great book to reinforce academic vocabulary for math, this is it!
The book includes kid-friendly terms.  Examples:
Decrease- To make less (smaller)
Difference- The answer to a subtraction problem.  Example: 7-5=2   2 is the difference between the numbers.
Many problems also have great pictures to explain in more depth.  This particular dictionary breaks it up into these sections: Whole numbers and operation, measurement, algebraic ideas, geometry, decimals, fractions, percents, and ratios, quick reference guide; learning with manipulatives (Great teacher resource section!!!); Tables and charts; measurement conversion tables; basic math tools and equipment and an index.  This book would be an excellent addition to any teacher's library and is also a great homework helper for older students (3rd grade and up). I would highly recommend this book for any teacher!

If you would like a copy of Math Dictionary For Kids, you can use the code MATH25 at checkout to receive a 25% discount exclusive to the followers of this blog!  :)

What vocabulary strategies do YOU use in the classroom?


Runde's Room

I use the Frayer model to have kids make their own math dictionaries. They recreate the model with their definitions on an index card (coloured bristol board I cut down), then clip them together with a binder clip. We have five strands in math, so we use 5 different colours.
Runde's Room

Mrs. S.

We have a Vocabulary Notebook with a spot for Rdg/LA and one for Math. It has a copy of the Frayer Model for students to complete on all new vocabulary words. I like these ideas better because all one gets a little boring for my students. THANKS for sharing!

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Mrs. S.
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Mrs. S.

Clarification: I will still use Frayer Models, but use a Math journal in which students can draw their Frayer Models as well as these other wonderful things I'm learning. Your Cinquain poems, practice pages where they learned how to work problems, etc. A reference sort of journal... :)

Melly <><

Second Grade Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!


I love the idea of the graffiti wall. How fun! I am definitely going to try that in my classroom this year.

To review vocabulary we often play vocabulary bingo. Students make their own boards with current content vocabulary words and I provide definitions or examples.

Another fun activity is a word cloud. I use this in science a lot. I give the students one word and they write all the words that it reminds them of. For example, if I give the word magnet, they would generate this list: opposites attract, iron, north pole, south pole, force, etc. This is a great way to help them connect all the ideas in a particular unit.

Thanks for sharing!

The Teaching Thief


I've been using the Frayer model for 2 years now...I love it! The kids really do *get* the vocabulary that way.


I think the Frayer model is awesome (as well as other graphic organizers), and I focus on context clues a great deal. We focus on synonyms for "deadpan words" and work on making our writing stronger with more vivid vocabulary. There are also vocabulators in our classroom. I also teach prefixes, Greek roots, Latin roots, and suffixes. - Victoria

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I always use frayer model and love it very much children love this way to learning new vocabulary words

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Mrs. Schroeder

I am so excited to see that you use Glogster too! I use it with my 2nd graders and they love it. I am always floored to see what they create. I am totally going to try your graffiti wall this year. I try really hard to mix things up in class with technology. We also use The analogy lessons are fun to get kiddos to think about words. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

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