ERIC Number: ED383000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Using the Learning Cycle To Teach Acronyms, a Language Arts Lesson.
Rule, Audrey C.
The Learning Cycle, a popular medium for teaching science lessons, can be used to teach a language arts lesson on acronyms, an appropriate skill topic for students in grades four through six. Acronyms are fascinating words that can challenge students to solve the puzzle of what the letters stand for. The three-phase Learning Cycle arranges teaching steps to correspond to the way in which students learn new material--the exploration phase involves assimilation and disequilibrium; the invention phase allows students to revise their thinking to allow the new information to fit; and the expansion phase provides practice and repetition. As applied to acronyms, the exploration phase might involve students brainstorming lists of acronyms, looking up definitions, and discussing similarities and differences among acronyms, initials, abbreviations, and contractions. During the invention phase, students can discuss the reasons for and uses of acronyms, and compile lists of acronyms derived from new technologies. During the expansion phase, students can come up with their own acronyms for clubs, associations, or government agencies, and students can create combination names for places and explain the origin of their invented place name. This language arts lesson has proved successful for a language arts teacher and her students. Includes a 102-item list of acronyms (some with approximate date of first usage) arranged into categories.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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