Easy, fun way to help your students learn physical science vocabulary AND prepare for the 5th grade science STAAR test!
*This product is designed to help students master academic vocabulary and can be used to supplement a well-balanced science curriculum.
*Complete vocabulary mini-unit for Properties of Light (5.6C)
*Unit includes teaching points for each word, word wall cards, vocabulary snip-it cut and paste activity with QR code, a blank foldable, and a quiz
*Powerful 5th grade science STAAR prep
*10 VOCABULARY WORDS—prism, kaleidoscope, mirror, refraction, lens, magnify, telescope, light spectrum, reflection, laser
*FOLD-ITS—Use the fold-it template to introduce terms. Copy this front/back and have students add a word and symbol to the outside flaps then write the definitions and examples in their own words on the inside boxes. A photo of a finished fold-it model is included to show you how to fold and cut the page.
*SNIP-ITS—Students cut terms out and glue them in the box that matches the definition, then add a quick symbol to help them remember the meaning of the term. QR codes are included on Snip-its (non-QR code version also included). Snip-its make great seat work or station work so you can meet with small groups! They can also be used as homework.
*QUIZZES—The quiz can be given at the end of each unit to check for mastery.
*WORD WALL CARDS—Copy on cardstock and add to word wall at the end of each unit.
*TEACHING POINTS—Teaching points are short, no or low prep ways to deepen student understanding and offer ways for you to get students interested in, talking about, and making connections to new science vocabulary. They are not intended to be done all at once. Choose a few at a time based on student needs and interest. They are designed to take about 3-8 minutes. Please note that the physical science teaching points may include some low-prep activities. While there is very little prep involved, you may occasionally want to show pictures (and video clips) based on suggestions offered, so get Googling!
SUGGESTIONS FOR USING THIS PRODUCT IN A SYSTEMATIC WAY
*Begin each unit directly teaching vocabulary terms by making a class anchor chart of terms, definitions, and adding illustrations and examples. Have students do the same using the vocabulary fold-it and add the vocabulary fold-it to science notebooks when finished. (whole group)
*Stop throughout the unit and hold “word chats” using 1-2 teaching points to keep kids thinking and talking about science terms. (whole group)
*Use the snip-its towards the middle of the unit in a science station for students to review terms and definitions, or as homework or seat work during small groups. (independent/small group)
*Assess at the end of each unit, then add vocabulary to word wall. (independent)
RESEARCH BASED VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION
Research shows us that kids need direct instruction with new academic vocabulary. Marzano recommends a 6 step process when teaching academic vocabulary that includes:
1. Providing a description, explanation, or example of new terms (including non-linguistic representations)
2. Asking students to put definitions, descriptions, explanations, and examples in their own words
3. Asking students to construct a symbol, picture, or graphic to represent the term
4. Engaging students in activities that help them add to their word knowledge, such as digging deeper into a newly learned word, making personal connections, adding examples, revising definitions, etc.
5. Getting kids talking about and using new terms with each other
6. Involving students in games and activities to review and play with terms
Teaching points are a great way to address numbers 4, 5, and 6 and raise the engagement and rigor in your classroom!
PREVIEW AND DOWNLOAD
*Product download is an easy to print PDF. If you are interested in an editable version of this product, please visit my TPT store.
*If you are thinking "Yikes! I can't print 15 pages per student," don't stress. The word wall cards and teaching points make up about half of this product. For each student you will need to print the foldable, snip-it, and quiz page.
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(5) Matter and energy. The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to:
(A) classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy;
(B) identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water on the Celsius scale;
(C) demonstrate that some mixtures maintain physical properties of their ingredients such as iron filings and sand; and
(D) identify changes that can occur in the physical properties of the ingredients of solutions such as dissolving salt in water or adding lemon juice to water.
(6) Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to:
(A) explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy;
(B) demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound;
(C) demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels through one medium to another and demonstrate that light can be reflected such as the use of mirrors or other shiny surfaces and refracted such as the appearance of an object when observed through water; and
(D) design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.
As a Texas teacher, the products I make are designed around the standards for the state of Texas, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and are carefully crafted to help students be successful on the Texas STAAR test. I use the challenge of the TEKS and released STAAR assessments as models to guide me when putting together lessons and materials for students. Thus, I am careful to post products that, in my judgment, address those standards. I am not affiliated in any way with these entities and any and all claims of alignment are my claims, not those of the groups behind the TEKS or STAAR test. Please contact me if you have questions.