Activity Overview

When students are being introduced to a new unit or concept in science, it's important for them to have a good grasp of scientific vocabulary! It can be very difficult for students to use vocabulary correctly and in the appropriate context. By creating visual vocabulary boards, students will be able to better understand abstract concepts. Visual aids are a powerful way to have students practice new vocabulary in context.

Specialized Cells Vocabulary

  • Absorb
  • Acrosome
  • Active Transport
  • Axon
  • Blood
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Cell membrane
  • Cell wall
  • Cellulose
  • Chloroplasts
  • Chromosomes
  • Cilia
  • Clone
  • Contraction
  • Dendrite
  • Diffuse
  • Diploid
  • Egg
  • Fertilize
  • Flagellum
  • Function
  • Gamete
  • Gene
  • Golgi Apparatus
  • Haploid
  • Hemoglobin
  • Membrane
  • Mitochondria
  • Mucus
  • Mutation
  • Myelin Sheath
  • Nucleus
  • Ovum
  • Oxygen
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Ribosome
  • Root Hair Cell
  • Sperm
  • Stem cells
  • Surface Area
  • Sugar
  • Tail
  • Tissue
  • Vacuole

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Define and create illustrations for key scientific vocabulary.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose five vocabulary words and type them in the title boxes.
  3. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary and write it under the cell.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save often!


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Science Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, or give examples of scientific key words.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
The vocabulary word is correctly defined.
The meaning of the vocabulary words can be understood but it is awkward.
The vocabulary word is not clearly defined.
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell has clear examples of the key word.
The storyboard cell relates to the meaning of the vocabulary word, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell has some unclear examples of the key word.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary word.
The storyboard cell does not have clear examples of the key word.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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