Students at Ashburton Intermediate in Christchurch developed an understanding of subject specific vocabulary through the use of online flashcards.
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The classroom teacher recognised that many of her learners had difficulty understanding technical terms related to classroom topics. She wanted to find an effective way to focus her students on the key vocabulary they would need in their next science unit on the water cycle.
The teacher introduced Quizlet to her students. Quizlet is an online learning tool that allows users to engage in a range of activities around subject specific vocabulary.
To determine specific learning needs, students completed a pre-test that required them to draw, describe, and label the water cycle using correct terminology. The results showed that most students had little knowledge of scientific vocabulary related to the water cycle.
The teacher then created a set of flashcards within Quizlet using technical vocabulary from the unit, for example, precipitation, condensation, evaporation. She entered both the words and their definitions.
Students completed Quizlet activities at school and at home such as:
The results of a post-test showed major improvements in students' knowledge and use of subject specific vocabulary. The teacher noticed that students were using the scientific language around the classroom, and spelling accuracy improved dramatically.
- I heard the weather man on TV say there was a chance of some precipitation tomorrow and I knew what he meant.
- I taught my parents some new words and showed them the meaning on Quizlet.
- I want to make some of my own flashcards to show the class.