Little Log Cottage School

Boost It With Vocabulary ELA Geography Unit 1: Introduction

 

Are you looking for an a great way to make the most of your ELA block by adding geography vocabulary and activities that will enhance your students understanding of geography skills? Do you want a little more rigor and a little less fluff with your 3rd-4th grade students? This Vocabulary Geography ELA Unit will provide this and so much more. It contains multi level skills for vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing!

THIS UNIT CONTAINS:
•15 Vocabulary Word Cards Color and B&W
•Vocabulary cards with pictures
•Vocabulary Map Activity
•Vocabulary Scoot Color and B&W
•Vocabulary assessment and answer key
•Quotation marks and dialog anchor charts
•Quotation Scoot and answer key-Color and B&W
•Dialog comic strip activities
•2 original comprehension stories with questions and answer keys
•2 Comprehension Stories with questions
•Text features anchor chart and activity
•Plot and point of view anchor charts
•Grammar Mad Lib Activity
•Reader’s Theater
•Narrative writing graphic organizer
•Narrative writing anchor chart
•Narrative writing writing paper
•Map hunt activity
•2 week sample lesson plans

My teaching partner and I use this unit the during our ELA block when we are also working on geography is social studies. This is our complete vocabulary, reading, grammar, and writing lessons for the two weeks. We both find this is a great way to teach and important social studies skill through ELA. The higher level geography vocabulary becomes more meaningful to the students because they are using it in their grammar, reading, and writing activities.

This Unit covers the following skills
→high quality oral language
→demonstrating knowledge of text
→Identifying text features
→understanding point of view
→identifying plot
→determining word meanings from text
→narrative writing
→proper use of quotation marks
→using quotation marks in dialog
→practice fluency with a reader’s theatre

We created this product because we felt vocabulary study was overlooked in most curriculum.Definitions were often forgotten when the week was over, and we knew this was because most vocabulary words were taught in isolation and not used in everyday context. Vocabulary activities needed to be fun and practiced daily by applying it throughout all subject areas.

We know how limited teaching time can be, so we created a complete ELA unit that incorporates the vocabulary words. This saves time and energy when trying to put together the perfect unit. We wanted to make sure the activities were challenging enough to keep students interested and to really be excited about starting the school year. This is what we came up with:

We wanted multiple ways to practice these vocabulary words. We also wanted hands on activities to keep the students moving and engaged through the whole unit. We also wanted the students to be accountable for their learning, so we included recording sheets for each activity.

We also know digital products can take a lot of ink and paper. This is why we included both colored AND black and white options for the cards and activities. Teachers have an option on how they display their lessons.

We were successful in providing enough independent activities so it allowed us enough time to spend on assessing individual students and taking care of many back to school duties. We were tired of the “busy” work most beginning of school units contained, so we made sure this unit contained skills to go along with state standards.

At the end of the unit we conducted the Vocabulary Scoot game and the Reader’s Theater. The students were even excited to write their narrative after all the activities they had completed over the two weeks.