Plate Tectonics Taboo Cards
Plate Tectonics is the backbone of any Earth or Physical Science course. The last thing that you want to get in the way of important concepts is vocabulary terms. While divergent and convergent clearly mean different things to me, my students often mix them up. These simple mix-ups make understanding our weather and climate a challenge especially for our ELLs and students who struggle to read. Instead of practicing definitions, teach your students to play Taboo! Taboo is particularly valuable for new vocabulary because it forces students to describe new terminology with words that they are already familiar with. While Taboo is a fun game and inspires some friendly competition, it also builds long-term vocabulary understanding.
This download includes:
-84 Taboo cards
with a variety of terms including layers of the atmosphere, air masses and fronts, the water cycle, global winds and ocean currents, climate factors, and climate change.
-Student handout featuring directions for play and score sheets
that encourage students to write down terms that they struggle with to review later.
For more meaningful vocabulary review, check out:
Historical Geology Taboo Cards
Astronomy Taboo Cards
Weather and Climate Taboo Cards