I borrowed the idea of using “cut ‘n paste” vocabulary from my fellow science teacher, Marcia
. Students cut out the definitions and match them to the correct vocabulary word. For my cut ‘n paste activity, I like to add a simple graphic to help explain each definition. This helps with visual learners. What I like about this activity is that the students can manipulate the definitions and do a dry run of where they think the definitions should go. If they realize that something is not in the right place, they can easily change its position. Once they are sure the definitions are all matched correctly, they can glue them into place.
When I introduce Buoyancy, we have already been talking about Density for a few days and completed a variety of activities. I show the Bill Nye Video Clip on Buoyancy (part 1) and we discuss it afterwards. Parts 2 & 3 have a few things that I would like to show once I figure out how to edit them and take out the parts that I don’t want or need.
After Bill Nye, I show the BrainPOP movie for Buoyancy. I made up a handout for the students to work on after they watch the video clip. To complete the notes, they work with a partner after we have watched the movie the first time. When they are done, I show the movie again and they fill in anything that they missed. Afterwards, we go over the answers as a class. I find this works much better than having them complete the sheet while they are watching the clip the first time. The students become so focused on what they are writing, that they end up missing a lot, and its hard for them to focus on both writing and watching.
As a review, the students complete the cut ‘n paste vocabulary for buoyancy. They can use the notes we took in class and work with a partner.
This is my first attempt at making a foldable, I may make adjustments before school starts, but I think it might work as it is.
Using the Microsoft Publisher template “Blank Page Sizes-1/2 Letter Booklet-4.25 x 11 inches” – I placed dashed lines every 1 inch, leaving enough spots for each vocabulary word I wanted to use. I then used Word Art to type each word and centered it between the dashed lines.
For page 2, I used word art again to type the heading “Picture or Example” and on page 3 “Definitions“. Page 4 will be glued into the notebook when they are done making the foldable.
Print out the 4 pages (2 sheets of paper) and then double side it when you photocopy it. The bottom part where the directions are, can be cut off completely before it is glued into place.
Students will cut the dotted lines to make tabs, be sure not to cut all the way through, only the front flap. After they have cut the tabs, students can write the definition for each and either an example or picture, or both if they would like to, for each word. Students can use this foldable to study their vocabulary words by stating the definition and an example. They can self check by opening the tab and seeing the correct definition.
Here is the foldable as a pdf