(Math With Mrs. Vickmark)
I used this as a final project in my 8th grade Pre-Algebra class last year, and it worked very well for the intended purpose! This group of kids came in with a very low ability level over all, so I ended up taking them back to the basics of 4th grade math and working our way up to the intended Pre-Algebra curriculum. One of their biggest barriers has been vocabulary and language--they didn't understand what many "basic" words meant, even outside of the math realm, so they naturally felt overwhelmed when they got to math class. By focusing on understanding vocabulary and relating it to their own lives, I was able to help the kids gain a better understanding of their new math concepts.
COMPONENTS / INFORMATION:
1) The instructions are all provided within the student handout (pages 1 and 2), but we read through them together due to the low reading levels. I also elaborated as we progressed.
2) The terms were grouped (primarily) based on the chapter that they first appeared in; however, some terms were placed according to where they received the most emphasis.
3) My students were notorious for losing their work, so I gave each pair (or individual) a manila folder labeled with their name(s) that they were required to leave in the classroom. They could take work home, but it allowed kids a safety-net of sorts so that they didn't have to start over each day.
4) Page 3 offers the template for the dictionary pages. I printed these on white cardstock, cut them out, and kept a stack in my classroom for the kids (4 dictionary pages each time you print).
5) Page 4 offers the grading rubric template. I graded each dictionary page individually and simply printed multiple pages as needed. I counted out the amount needed for each group of students and stapled them into the back of the manilla folder. Then I wrote the terms in as I graded the dictionaries (rather than having the kids do it) in order to check immediately whether they were missing any.
6) The __________________ spaces are where I had "Miss Walter."
Because some pairs will have more or fewer terms than others, you will need to convert the grades to come up with an overall score. One option might be to calculate the score out of the total assigned and then simply take that percentage and use 100 as the point total (I use a points-based gradebook).
I spent about a week and a half on this project at the end of the year, but this project could easily be cut shorter.