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Growing up in Coal Country Vocab Activities

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Vocabulary Activities

Growing up in Coal Country


Learning the vocabulary in a social studies lesson is essential to not only understanding Social Studies but for increasing the students vocabulary in general.  Increasing a students vocabulary increases their reading comprehension.  This in turn allows them to learn more when they are reading.  Social Studies is a great opportunity to put vocabulary words into meaningful content.


The steps below are taken from Robert Marzano's Six Steps for building academic vocabulary.



Step 1:  The teacher will give a description, explanation or example of the new term in familiar language to the students.

     Voc. Coal.pdf This is a power point that describes the tier 3 vocabulary words with pictures.

Growing Up in Coal Country Voc..docx This is a list of all vocabulary words and definitions.



Step 2:  The teacher will ask the learner to give a description, explanation, or example of the new term in his/her own words.

          This is a worksheet the students do in pairs.  The students create their own definition.  They also determine a word that is identical, similar and opposite of the vocabulary word.  Growing up in Coal Country step 2.docx



Step 3:  The teacher will ask the learner to connect an image with the new term - e.g. draw a picture, symbol. metaphor, or locate a graphic to represent the new term.

   In this worksheet the students write down their own clue to help them remember the vocabulary words.  Growing Up Step 3.docx 


Step 4:  The learner will participate in activities that provide more knowledge of the words such as a reading in which the word is central, creating a semantic map of the word, completing a compare/contrast activity with the words after watching a video that includes them ect.).

     Students will work in pairs to fill out a semantic map for vocabulary words. Semantic Map  Semantic Maps.docx

     Do this step after the students have completed lesson one and read Growing Up in Coal Country.


Step 5:  The learner will interact with other learners using the words (a discussion/skit/play/group assignment).

     The students will be divided up in groups and write their own story or skit about a picture of boys from the mine.  They must use at least 15 of the vocabulary words.  The students will then present their final projects in front of the class.  Growing Up story.docx



Step 6:  The learner will participate in games that provide more reinforcement of the new term. 

     Use the quizlet site to allow students to review the vocabulary words and also play the games scatter and space race to review the vocabulary words. .



Use these flash cards to play games with the students.

     You can use these flash cards to play tic tack toe.  Have two students from each team come to the front of the room.  After you read the definition the students each try and ring a bell on the table between them.  The one who rings the bell first has the first chance to answer the question correctly if correct they can place their x or o on the board anywhere they want.  Continue calling on students until someone wins the game. 


     Another game you can play is to place each vocabulary definition on a card.  Each card should also have a non-related vocabulary word on it.  The first student says their definition and the student with that vocabulary word on their card says it.  Then they say the definition to the next word.  The game should continue till all the words and definitions have been said.  This game makes the students have to listen to all definitions because they never know when their turn will be.  I would print out the quizlet flash cards and then write a non-related vocabulary word on the definition. 






Growing Up in Coal Country-Vocabulary

Growing Up in Coal Country - Home page



Comments (2)

Steffanie Bristow said

at 8:07 pm on Feb 26, 2011

Feedback from Stef...

* Lots of great info on this page...loved the pdf with vocab details and pictures. Similar to the vocab page is it possible to tighten up any of the definitions for these terms?
* All of your links are intact and take me to where I expected them to go, you've got each of Marzano's six steps outlined (you could bold or italicize them to provide more emphasis and visual diversity on your page). The layout is nice - simple and straightforward - easy to follow.
* Check to make sure your vocab words are consistent between your vocab wiki page and supporting documents (i.e. the word doc vocab list, image/metaphor activity, flashcards, etc).
* I like your step 2 activity - double check the formatting in your word doc...when I pulled it up "Communicated" was on the bottom of one page and the boxes on the next. (this could be a formatting issue on my end too - just double check) Are these the words from your vocab page?
* Step 3 - do you want them to review the flashcards before doing the image/metaphor worksheet? If this is the intent you may want to do a bullet list of these items or otherwise indicate what order these activities should be completed in.
* Don't forget steps 4 & 5
* In looking at step 6 I'm not clear what the activity is to reinforce the vocab. The flashcard review seems like a good one for earlier steps, but for step 6 perhaps something more interactive (i.e. a link directly to the "scatter" activity in quizlet).
* You may want to put a few spaces between your vocab and Coal Country Homepage links so they don't look like they're part of step 6.

andrew.bocchi@... said

at 3:46 pm on Mar 1, 2011

1. Do the links to and from the wiki work?

-- Yes.

2. Are the vocabulary definitions they've written for their "step one" written at a very simple accessible level?

-- I'm not sure what grade these activities are designed for, but I couldn't imagine the definitions being any simpler.

3. Do they have all of Marzano's steps listed?

-- Not only listed but you also provide a link to a webpage that explores them in greater depth.

4. Does the content for each step match his objective for that step. Be sure to check Step Four closely, I find this to be the hardest one for students.

-- Activities for Steps 4, 5 and 6 are yet to be added to the page, but the other three steps provide great activities that align with the objectives.

5. Is the page easy to use and clear? Any tips or commendations?

-- The page is certainly easy to use, but I think the format could be organized to make it more clear and attractive. Consider placing the steps in a table, which may help. Also, you may want to add a picture to your page. Lastly, you may want to bold each of the steps to make them stand out a little more.

Overall, I think it is a great start. Personally, my favorite portion of your work is the powerpoint presentation. It was wonderfully done and really helped to distinguish between the different jobs children held in the mines. Also, I really liked the pictures you used.

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