Providing students with opportunities to take ownership of their own learning is always a goal of mine! I have found that giving them meaningful (and colorful) things to use around the room to be the most effective.
I loved making these word wall words and definitions because they were so bright and cheerful! The reaction of my students when I pulled out the first one? “Oooohh! Pretty!” That’s MY type of a response! 😉
These Social Studies words and definitions focus on civics vocabulary (rules, laws, government, etc.) and can be used to introduce or enrich a lesson. Having a place where students can reference important words about your topic can assist them during their independent activities.
Please download the FREE Preview file to see the words that are included in this file! A list appears on the second page of the file so you can see each word. Don’t see a word you need? Don’t worry! Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your word and I will try to add it to the file and upload it FREE for all buyers!
To use: In my classroom, I have a bulletin board dedicated to content vocabulary. Whenever I introduce a new word, I have students add it to their Social Studies Personal Dictionary.
BONUS! I have included in this package a FREEBIE of my Social Studies Personal Dictionary! There are two different pages that you can copy an infinite number of times. One page contains a place for students to write a word, definition and an illustration. The second page contains a place for students to write a word, definition and to write a sentence using that word.
Also included is a blank card for you to add in words that are specific to your needs. It is impossible for me to make it exactly the same as the others; however, it is pretty close! Should you want it included in the set, just send me an email and I will see what I can do!
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