This is a vocabulary organizer that correlates with McGraw Hill's Open Court Unit 1, Week 4 story "The Great Serum Race". The vocabulary organizer that I have created gives you the option to complete it while reading the selection by stopping as you encounter each term and creating an original definition using context clues, or you can read the selection and then review the terms the students read in the text and create student original definitions. I have provided page numbers on the organizer to aid students in locating the sentences which use the vocabulary term in the text.
Students are also asked to create an original picture that will help the students relate the definition with an image. Finally, students are also asked to identify a synonym and an antonym for each term. These words can be brainstormed as a class, or you could point out how use the definitions given in the organizer to aid students in identifying synonyms. The organizer could also be given to student pairs and have them complete it together using accountable talk. Then you could lead a class discussion about the words, meanings, and how they are related to the selection. The possibilities are endless!
This organizer is only one of the resources I have created to help your students learn the vocabulary for this story. I have also created a vocabulary review sheet, vocabulary cards that can be displayed in your classroom, and vocabulary skit cards that can be used in a center or small group to help make students' learning concrete! I have also created an entire lesson plan bundle that will give you everything you need to teach this story including, spelling, lesson plans, and comprehension activities. If you need resources for this story this is the bundle for you!
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