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					                     Academic Vocabulary Six-Step Process
      Step 1 – Develop a student-friendly explanation/description of the academic
           vocabulary term with multiple examples, both visual and verbal.

Academic Vocabulary Term:           Star

Subject: Science            Grade: 1st

Dictionary/glossary definition:
A star is a massive, luminous ball of plasma that is held together by gravity.
bright, sun, cluster, galaxy, mass of gasses
dull, interstellar, stellar, interplanetary, intergalactic, astronomical

Category          Semantic features

Real life associations:                                       Movie/TV/Music/Literary
The stars are brightly shining.                               associations:
You can see the stars on a clear night.                        The Magic School Bus Sees
Shooting star…make a wish.                                       Stars
The stars are by the moon.                                     The Magic School Bus Gets
The stars are by the plants.                                     Lost in Space
                                                               Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
                                                               Lion King

 “If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening
  sky would be in the palm of my hand.”
 “To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about
  the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”
 “The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are
  awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star”.
  Henry David Thoreau
 “Hitch your wagon to a star”.
  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Student-friendly description/explanation:

A star is something that shines brightly in the sky at night.

A star looks like a tiny dot of light in the sky at night.

There are millions and millions of stars, but they are very far away.


A star is to the sky as fire is to the sun.

A star is to bright as grass is to green.

A star is to gasses as an M&M is to chocolate.

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