Starting a unit or lesson with the key vocabulary terms aids in overall comprehension and retention. In addition, teachers may utilize this activity as students read so that they can make visual vocabulary spider maps of new and unfamiliar terms as they encounter them. Students will create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary found in the book. Each cell will contain a vocabulary term, its definition or description, and an appropriate illustration.
To scaffold or tailor this activity, teachers may choose to provide students with a list of vocabulary words and have them complete the activity before reading. It can be done before or after each chapter or for the entire book. They might also as students to identify anywhere between 3 and 10 words. Be sure to update the student instructions as necessary!
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Objective: Create a spider map that defines and illustrates key vocabulary from the book.
Requirements: Must have 3 vocabulary terms, correct definitions or descriptions, and appropriate illustrations for each that demonstrate your understanding of the words.
Grade Level --- N/A ---
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary BoardsCommon Core Standards
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