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Monday, November 10, 2008

Jay High School Uses Marazano's Academic Vocab

Common Terms for Math Students selected from Robert Marazno's Academic Vocabulary by Robert Fitzgerald
 After reviewing the academic vocabulary word list, the Mathematics'
Department at Jay High School decided to select specific common
vocabulary to be used with their students. The first list is
comprised oftwenty-five common words which will be relevant to most
freshmen. This will provide students with a concrete base of common
terminology for their high school years. The Mathematic’s Department
hopes to add five new words to the terminology list in each of the
next three years, establishing a common list of fifty words. The
five words added next year will be targeted for the sophomores. The
Department is confident this will allow for easier transition and
fluency for our students. Later this year, the word list will be
added to the Jay High School Web site allowing for easy access for
students and parents.

List of Terms can be found at:

Science and Literacy at Livermore Falls HS

Alisa Lee, Science Teacher at Livermore Falls High School uses a word sort on her smart board to help students comprehend science concepts. Alisa's reflections on the application of Thinking Strategies to science content follows.

It is my intention to help students learn how to understand the text they don’t understand by using different strategies. Reread think-a-louds are a big part of this process as well as having students listen to how other students came up with a gist, for example. Why were these words chosen as the key concept words? How could we break down some of these complex sentences into phrases or smaller pieces of information for better understanding? (cognitive dimension)
I try to make sure I activate their prior knowledge and also preview the text with students before they read it so that they comprehend more of it when they do read it. The strategies I have used and continue to use are the following:
-Textquest (how to understand the science textbook structure and features)
-Think-alouds (how to approach previewing a section of the textbook)
-Previewing the vocabulary
-Brainstorming as a class
-Trying to make personal connections between the students and the material about to be read (knowledge-building dimension)

Graphic Organizers to Hold Thinking

Graphic Organizers to Hold Thinking
submitted by Michael Simoneau

Old Learning - Review information and put it in context

i.e. Constitution

New Concept -

i.e. Proposal and Ratification

New Learning - Combining the two and integrating it into students'

i.e. Concrete examples of proposals and ratification -
drawing generalizations from these examples

For Further information contact Mike at: