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A Matter of Words

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 70 minutes.

Group Size:


This activity gives students practice using vocabulary words by creating matching definitions, finding pictures and providing examples on index cards or the computer for other students to match.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 6 (2017)Strand 6.2: Energy Affects Matter
Matter and energy are fundamental components of the universe. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. Transfer of energy creates change in matter. Changes between general states of matter can occur through the transfer of energy. Density describes how closely matter is packed together. Substances with a higher density have more matter in a given space than substances with a lower density. Changes in heat energy can alter the density of a material. Insulators resist the transfer of heat energy, while conductors easily transfer heat energy. These differences in energy flow can be used to design products to meet the needs of society.


  • textbook
  • computers with Internet connections (one per 2-3 students) the computers are optional, this could also be done with paper and pencil

Background For Teachers:
This activity can be done at any time. It could be an introductory or summary activity. It could be recreated in any unit for the given words. Note that the new science core contains vocabulary words listed at the end of each standard. These words would be excellent ones to use as well as any other words used in the core. This activity could be a review for CRT tests. Each student group could take the vocabulary from a standard in the core and as students share their work, a review of the entire year’s vocabulary could be accomplished.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Write the vocabulary words on the board. For this standard these words are necessary: atmosphere, atom, crust, density, diffusion, gas, liquid, models, mass, matter, molecule, particle, solid, temperature, heat energy, volume
  2. Instruct students to create cards with the word with its definition, picture and example or characteristic and raise their hands when finished. An example of what the students will create is attached. Each will be on a separate card.
  3. Assign students to groups at the computers if used.
  4. Explain to students that they will be creating cards for the words in the unit.
  5. Students will need to use a word processing program on the computer and use “text boxes” for the cards or use construction paper, markers and rulers to make the boxes.
  6. Pictures can be searched for using this web site: Pictures can be inserted into text boxes.
  7. Give students time to work on the assignment and print off finished word “sets”. They should cut out the cards and keep them together.
  8. Each group should do at least 3 word sets. When they are finished, they should trade them with another group and see if the other group can correctly match the word to it’s definition, example and picture.
  9. The groups should rate each others word sets with the attached rubric.


Assessment Plan:
Use the assessment rubric attached.


Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Oct 01 2014 08:56 AM

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