We have been busy in class reviewing for our state standardized tests. We actually just finished testing this morning! Whew! I feel really confident that my students were prepared and did an amazing job on the science portion of the test. I make learning the vocabulary a priority in my class.
The week leading up to the science test, I had my students complete an individual assignment over different vocabulary words...just to serve as a last minute CRAM session of our most important key terms. I gave students five different lists of words. They had to choose two words from each list. They had a total of ten vocab words to work with. With a provided handout, students were allowed to use their own devices to research songs. (THEY LOVE USING THEIR DEVICES!)
Their assignment was to find a song that they could connect, in some way, to their chosen vocab word. After that, they created a written response explaining how the song connected to their key term. They loved this assignment! It took them about three days in class to complete the entire handout. I allowed them to look up lyrics and listen to the songs as they did their research. Students were actually excited to "prove" to me that their songs connected to their words. They were showing me that they truly knew the meanings of each word...but they didn't realize they were "writing definitions". Score! Their work was amazing! Be sure to click on a picture below to get your copy of the assignment. I've created two versions: Any Content Area (option 1) and Science Content Area (option 2).