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Lession on Enviromental Science Vocabulary

Lession on Enviromental Science Vocabulary

This is a lesson plan on Environmental Science Vocabulary.  Scientific Vocabulary is often intimidating and difficult to integrate during a short reading in the text book.  This lesson allows students to work with an internet site called "quizlet" and play flashcard games as well as taking mini-quizzes in preparation for the classroom unit exam at the end of each unit.  This is a great opportunity for students to work in both...

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Terra Kirsch
Terra Kirsch (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

This lesson is very thorough in establishing steps between technology and pedagogy.  I like the time dedicated to instruction to a website, this is helpful for those students who are not as expereinced users and establishes a boundry for students who are. Using a quizlet in different modes is a good way to scaffold information and the use of independent laptop acitivity and group acitivty vis smartboard is balanced. Three days seems a little long for this lesson and an alternative acitvity for early finishers might help students stay on foucs.

Tara Swanepoel
Tara Swanepoel (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

I think using the quizlet site makes an otherwise potentially boring vocabulary much more interesting and interactive.  Though, as teachers, we have to be aware of the importance of test scores, I would like to think that there are deeper reasons for becoming competent in science vocabulary.  Perhaps some of these deeper reasons could be searched out and stated in the lesson plan.

It is good that there is time set aside to learn how to use the site before assigning the quiz to the students.  I didn't see a link to the exact quiz to be used for this lesson, so I am assuming it is something that the teacher designs based on the needs of his/her students.  I did Google quizlet and the site was easy enough to find and seems fairly self-explanatory for the teacher.  However, perhaps the plan could note that there is additional prep time for the teacher as it did not appear to be a "ready-made" quiz.  I do think it is great that the quizlet site helps with the evaluation and assessment by allowing the teachers to receive the quiz results after the quiz is completed.  Also, I saw in section 4 that there was a lesson plan attached.  I would have liked to see this lesson plan, too, in order to take advantage of the "learning activities" mentioned.  Again, this is only to not have to reinvent the wheel as a busy teacher.

Overall a good lesson with a creative spin on teaching vocabulary.

Technical Remarks:

I had no technical difficulties.  The pdf opened with no problems.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Julie Heintz
Julie Heintz (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

I think the lesson was very good and informative.  I didn't agree with the fact that students needed to improve their vocabulary in order to improve scores on exams.  I understand that this is a real concern for many of us teachers, but I do not feel that it should be the problem as to why we teach vocabulary.  Perhaps teaching vocabulary to help them improve reading and reading comprehension would be a better problem that needs to be faced.  Using the quizlet site for vocab review is great.  It really gives the students the power to interact with the terms, and does it in a medium with which they are familiar.  Being able to access students' results via the internet is great for the teacher as well because the teacher can then see where different students were having trouble.  Using the site and the internet may allow teachers to help individual students with their different problems.  Students who are visual can read the info, and using the internet allows kinesthetic learners and auditory learners to have access to motion and/or headphones to help them interact with the material.

Technical Remarks:

I didn't have any technical problems.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: ~25 minutes