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Activity Overview

Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary that students will see in their readings or presentations aids in overall comprehension and retention. In this activity, students will create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary related to the Arctic/Subarctic region and its First Nations. Each cell will contain a term, its definition and an illustration that depicts the meaning. When students define and illustrate each term, they master the application of it and retain it as part of their lexicon.

Suggested Arctic First Nations Vocabulary

  • Athabascan
  • Aleut (Unangan)
  • Yupik
  • Inuit (Iñupiat)
  • In Canada:
  • Athabaskan (Dene)
  • Gwich’in
  • Inuit (Inuvialuit)
  • In Greenland:
  • Inuit (Kalaallit)
  • Ojibwa
  • Atikamekw
  • Innu
  • Beothuk
  • Igloo
  • Skin Tent
  • Umiak
  • Kayak
  • Tundra
  • Permafrost
  • Taiga or boreal forest
  • Iditarod
  • Ice Skimmer
  • Tuuq
  • Ice probe
  • Musher
  • Glacier
  • Mukluks or kamik
  • Snow Goggles
  • Snowshoes
  • Ulu
  • Aurora Borealis
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/3] Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/9-10/6] Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that demonstrates your understanding of different words using both an illustration and a definition.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the key terms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, write the definition of the term.
  4. Create an illustration for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Requirements: Must have 3 terms, correct definitions and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.


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