How to Turn Learning Science Vocabulary into a Colorful Project

If there is one thing that science has a lot of it is vocabulary.  I teach 7th and 8th grade science, and the amount of vocabulary words I cover is massive. My first year of teaching, I gave out vocabulary sheets to help the students learn the words. Boring I know, but I thought it was the only way.  My second year, I  created games online to help the students study. This year, I thought of a new way to help the students learn vocabulary by creating their own colorful booklet. They still get the handouts and online games, but now they create a visual on their own. Below I will tell you the steps I use to make these awesome vocabulary projects.


1. Make a list of all the words you want the students to know for the topic. I create my list of words by looking at the state department's standards for science. As I read through the standards, I write down a list of all the vocabulary words I will need to cover. For my classes, I bulk the words together by test.

2. Open a new Google Doc or Word Document. The first page will be the cover of the book. At the top I put a title. Then, I usually try to find some non-copy right/free use clipart that matches the theme of the booklet. I have an extension on my computer that only searches for free use images. You can add the extension here.

3. On the back of the title page I add directions for the project. To do this you just press enter until you get to the second page on your document.  The directions are usually basic, and we go over it as a class. The following are the directions from the 8th grade Astronomy booklet project:

This is your astronomy review booklet project. Use your class notes to help you answer each page.  Each page contains a word, or words, at the top. For each page, you need write out a description or definition to describe the word, and draw an image that explains the topic.
The grading rubric is found on the last page of the booklet. Please read it before starting this assignment.


 4. Add the vocabulary. Each vocabulary word will be placed at the top on a new page. I usually press enter one or two more times once I am on the top of each page. You can see how it looks in the above image. This just helps to bring the word a little lower on the page. Once you have wrote all the vocabulary words and added all the pages, don't forget to proof read!

5. Add a rubric to the back. You can see my rubric below for an example.


6.  Save as an Adobe pdf. In Word you can do this by clicking file save as Adobe pdf. In Google Docs click file - download as - pdf document. After the file is downloaded to a pdf,  you will need to print it as a booklet. In Adobe click file, print. Then under page size and handling, click booklet. You can see it is the button outlined in blue, in the image to the right. Once all the booklets have printed they will need to be folded and stapled. I have the students fold and staple their own booklets, it saves A LOT of time.





Here is an example of a completed part from a cells vocabulary booklet.


I have some of my completed booklets in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. If you would like to check those out. I will also, be posting a video on how to do this in the next few days. So, stay tuned!

I have created booklets for :
Astronomy
Cells
Waves
Genetics

Do you have a creative way you teach vocabulary? I would love to share ideas, leave me a comment below. 







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