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
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
“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
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.