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Science Vocabulary

The comprehensive grade-by-grade science vocabulary lists below are based on state and national science standards. They cover the key science content areas for each grade from kindergarten through high school. The lists can be used with all twenty of VocabularySpellingCity's learning activities.

For each grade and science content area, there are both detailed lists and summary lists. For example, in the kindergarten science section, motion is one of the key areas. For kindergarten science, there are 85 motion vocabulary words organized in 9 lists. There is also a summary list that includes only the 8 most significant terms relating to motion at the kindergarten level. Offering both detailed lists and summary lists provides teachers with just the right vocabulary tools they need regardless of how much detail their lessons require at any given time -- whether introducing a new science topic, reviewing an already studied science category, or delving deeply into a particular scientific area, it's all just a click away!

The sentences and definitions of the words on these lists are written for use in science. So when terms have multiple meanings or when they can be defined in both a general or scientific manner, the scientific definition or sentence is used. When a term is used at several different grade levels, grade-appropriate definitions and examples are used. A word may also appear in different categories, so that the word "sun" under Energy will have a different meaning than the word "sun" in Space Science. Below is an example of VocabularySpellingCity's differentiated treatment of science vocabulary words:

SUN definition sentence
K - 2 the Earth's source of heat and light The sun is bright on a cloudless day.
3 - 5 the star at the center of our planetary system The sun is highest in the sky at noon.
6 - 8 a medium-sized, main -sequence star orbited by planets and emitting light and heat As the basis of our solar system, the sun sustains life on Earth.
9 - 12 a gaseous body emitting heat and visible light by thermonuclear reactions and around which a planetary system revolves Energy is produced at the sun's core via a nuclear fusion reaction called the proton-proton chain.

The writing and editing of these lists, sentences, and definitions was performed under contract by science teachers and curriculum specialists from around the country to whom we are very grateful.

The lists can be imported into teacher or parent accounts. (Click for info on how to set up free accounts and import lists). Once imported, the lists, sentences, and definitions can be customized to the users' needs (Click for info on how to customize sentences and definitions). VocabularySpellingCity would appreciate any feedback on these materials and intends to update them particularly when the new Common Core Standards for Science are released (or other significant progress in standards is achieved).

The science word lists and learning activities of VocabularySpellingCity can be integrated within a science curriculum in a number of ways.

Reinforcement of key concepts and/or assessment - For example, Mrs. George taught an investigative science unit to her third graders on energy. A week later, for reinforcement, she had students work in groups of four and play MatchIt online with the third grade energy lists. The students who needed extra reinforcement were given printable versions of MatchIt to practice at home. A week after that, the students were individually given the vocabulary tests for these words. Since the teacher was a premium member, the students all took the test online and their records, including which words were missed, were automatically saved.

Vocabulary introduction prior to studying a unit - Mr. Cabrera's 7th grade class was about to begin a science unit on matter. Before teaching his students about the laws and properties of matter, he wanted to make sure they were familiar with the key terms they would encounter. Mr. Cabrera brought up the 7th Grade Matter Summary List on the white board so that the whole class could view the words' definitions and hear the sentences using the interactive flashcards. He then put the students in two teams for a fun round of WhichWord? The students now had a strong base from which to begin the matter unit and were able to understand concepts more readily.

Starting in kindergarten and continuing through 12th grade, students are exposed to and expected to learn an extensive amount of information in science, from facts and data to concepts and misconceptions. While this can seem daunting, children who learn through activities and games that they enjoy retain more information and understand it better. Furthermore, students who understand the meaning of scientific terminology have a much easier time understanding the concepts behind that vocabulary.

For a complete online Science curriculum in First Grade Science, Second Grade Science, Third Grade Science, Fourth Grade Science, Fifth Grade Science, Sixth Grade Science, or Seventh Grade Science visit Time4Learning.com.

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