Learning Scientific Language with a Graphic Organizer
This activity guides students through learning and using key scientific terms, culminating in the creation of a customizable diagram.
Scientific language instruction can help students deepen their understanding of scientific concepts, strengthen their scientific literacy and communication skills, and engage with scientific sources. The “Student Handout” for this activity guides students through learning and using a given scientific term (e.g., technical or specialized vocabulary) and culminates in creating their own graphic organizer from a template.
Templates and examples are provided in these formats: cards (PDF), poster (PDF), and slides (Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides). The “Educator Materials” include more information about how to use these templates and other implementation suggestions.
Student Learning Targets
- Develop multiple representations of a scientific term.
- Connect scientific language to everyday language, prior knowledge, and science concepts.
- Create a graphic organizer to make thinking visible and present key information.
Frayer Model, language learning, science communication, scientific term, template, vocabulary
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
AP Biology 2019
AP Environmental Science 2020
Common Core 2010
ELA.RST.6-12.4, ELA.RST.6-12.7, ELA.RST.6-12.10
Vision and Change 2009