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ERIC Number: EJ1001652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Winning Combination
Henrichs, Erinn L.; Jackson, Julie K.
Science and Children, v50 n3 p52-57 Nov 2012
Establishing classroom routines that provide students with the opportunities to learn and successfully apply the language of science is a daunting task. With minor variations, research has shown that effective and comprehensive vocabulary programs share four common elements: they are rich and varied language experiences; they teach well-selected words; they teach word-learning strategies; and they foster word consciousness. These components can be presented independently. However, powerful learning occurs when they are combined. Interactive word walls are a viable teaching strategy that effectively incorporates the four components of a comprehensive vocabulary program along with a visual foundation for students to anchor learning. This article describes an effort to build science content understanding and support the language of science by implementing student-generated interactive science word walls in a bilingual elementary school in central Texas. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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