Tip: Is..and Is not.. Vocabulary
How do I do it?
Divide a sheet of paper into 4 quadrants. Choose a key vocabulary word that you want students to understand and complete the sentences starters in the 4 quadrants. For example, for the word/concept fruit: Fruit is...from plants or trees, often sweet or juicy, healthy. Fruit is not...from animals. Fruit examples are: banana, apple etc. Fruit non-examples are: steak, cheese etc.
Variations & Extensions
Keep an ongoing class chart with the headings: Is..; Is not..; Examples:; Non-examples: for all of your key vocabulary in the content areas. Students can create personal dictionary pages using the Is.. & Is not.. format.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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