In Hamilton, part of our district and building improvement process includes increasing student academic vocabulary capacity.
John Marzano has laid out six steps for teachers to follow when introducing new content-specific words.
In my elementary technology classes, third and fourth graders are performing step 4 now in Google Drive with a digital notebook. All I did was adapt one of Marzano’s notebook templates and created it in Google Slides. I made the deck public and kids created their own copies and shared them with me.
Kids write the definition in their own words, they rate their understanding of the word, and also find a non-linguistic representation of the word. The template I created makes it really easy for the kids to add and record their knowledge of the words.
Doing it this way takes advantage of all of the benefits of Google documents like ubiquitous access and sharing.
Find and create a copy of the slide deck here. Feel free to use it and share it.