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Rose Mary and Madison Display Their Representation of How Gravity Can Help Build a Planet
According to Stahl (1986), students need a number of instructional encounters with words to truly understand their meaning (as cited in Hiebert & Kamil, 2005). When I sit and talk to kids, I notice that they can read the words, because their decoding skills are not poor, but they do not understand what they read. In this section of the trail, you are going to link to words that you think students would need to know. According to the rubric, you need to identify at least one word in a question or reading passage for 10 questions.

Consider this math example:
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CCLS: 3.G.1. Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Practice

Vocabulary: Cylinder; rectangular prism; cone; cube

In order to answer this question, students need to know what a cylinder is or at least recognize a cylinder. I provided links to the other words to provide more opportunities to learn the words (Stahl, 1986). I linked to a math glossary designed for kids - http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math2/index3.html - If you link to the word cylinder from a typical online dictionary you would get this - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cylinder - (something that would most likely confuse children and not help them.)

As you consider completing this section of the trail make sure that you:
  1. Find a dictionary that a child could use
  2. Think of linking to web sites that contain videos or animations that help to explain words - if you can
  3. You only need to link to one word per question, but feel empowered to link to as many words as you wish


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1 - Hiebert, E. H., & Kamil, M. L. (2005). Teaching and learning vocabulary: Bringing research to practice. Lawrence Erlbaum.