Scaffolding Vocabulary in Science Inquiry

I have been teaching science to ESL students for 8 years. I am a big proponent of Inquiry Science and the Learning Cycle Model. My professional development over the past few years has included courses, coaching and training in the use of Inquiry Science through the 5 E model and the use of SIOP for scaffolding vocabulary. Today I stumbled on a video from the Smithsonian Science Education Center. This video eloquently blends the models of supporting ESL students and the Inquiry Model. It explains how a science teacher can sort their vocabulary into Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 words and purposefully orchestrate inquiry while supporting the development of both social and academic language. I was happy to see that my quirky style has been on track. Intuitively I knew how to do this. But its affirming to hear this from a researcher discussing this from a pedagogical reference. I especially like this chart introduced as a simple tool to purposefully plan vocabulary support in a 5 E Inquiry lesson.

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I highly recommend that you pour a cup of coffee, download the handouts and watch the archived webinar of this session.

Scaffolding Science Vocabulary Development in Science Inquiry Instruction. 

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