Standard 4, Objective 3
Title: Building Vocabulary
Description: This activity gives students practice using vocabulary words by matching them to
definitions, pictures and examples. The students will create their own definitions, pictures and
examples for other words.
Materials: 10 sets of word cards (printed below), biology text, computers with Internet
connections (one per 2-3 students) the computers are optional, this could also be done with
paper and pencil
Time Needed: 70 minutes
Background: This activity can be done at any time. It could be an introductory or summary
activity. It could be recreated in any unit for the given words. Note that the new science core
contains vocabulary words listed at the end of each standard. These words would be excellent
ones to use. This activity could be used as a review for CRT tests. Each student group could
take the vocabulary from a standard in the core and as students share their work, a review of
the entire year’s vocabulary could be accomplished.
1. Run off the words, definitions, pictures and examples printed below. If each is printed on a
different color of paper, it will be easier for students. If desired, they can be laminated.
2. Instruct students to match the word with its definition, picture and example or characteristic
and raise their hands when finished.
3. Select students to present their results to the class to check for accuracy.
4. Assign students to groups at the computers.
4. Explain to students that they will be creating cards for additional words in the unit. (they can
pick words that they think are difficult or you can assign them) They can use their books to
locate words but make sure they are not using obscure words that are unnecessary for their
level. You may want them to list their words on the board so words are not repeated.
5. Students will need to use a word processing program on the computer and use “text boxes”
for the cards or use construction paper, markers and rulers to make the boxes.
6. Pictures can be searched for using this web site:
Pictures can be inserted into text boxes.
7. Give students time to work on the assignment and print off finished word “sets”. They should
cut out the cards and keep them together.
8. Each group should do at least 3 word sets. When they are finished, they should trade them
with another group.
9. The groups should rate each others word sets with the following rubric:
3 2 1 0
Definition Clear, Too wordy or Unclear, too No attempt
concise, to brief, less wordy or too made
correct clear, correct brief, incorrect
Picture Matches the Matches the Does not No attempt
word, a word, not a match the made
commonly commonly word.
Example Strong Connection Difficult to No attempt
connection to can be made connect to made
word definition to definition. definition.
Cut out the boxes below. Arrange them on another paper matching the system to its purpose,
method, and picture of cell, tissue or organ.
Digestive Chemical control -made of chitin
of body to -endoskeleton
environmental -made of bones
Muscles that Transport of
include Methods: materials such as
-voluntary -Diffusion of oxygen, food, waste, Endocrine
-skeletal material from cell hormones
-involuntary to cell
-cardiac -Open (not
Control, reaction Sexual-provides Nutrients are
to stimuli variation obtained in 3
Asexual-identical Skeletal ways:
offspring -Diffusion (cell to
-Sac (1 opening)
Removal of toxic
Circulatory waste from the
body (waste is a
product of the
Breakdown of hormones
food to a usable Hormones-chemical Nervous
form sent to cause a
Hormones may be
proteins or lipids
Organism’s ability pick up
to make more of Excretory information
its own kind -Motor nerves
animals use to get Allows animals
rid of wastes: movement to get
Respiratory -Nephridia food, to respond
-Malpighian to stimuli
aids in movement Reproductive
Gas moves by:
- diffusion or Gas exchange
gills in water Muscular
through skin or
lungs in land