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Content Cognitive Dictionary Lesson with Interactive Notebook Pages

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Today I am sharing a strategy which works well with English Learners and children with special needs.  The benefit to the special needs student is that it uses all the modalities.  It is an auditory, kinesthetic and visual activity.

One of the ways I try to meet the needs of English Learners and other Exceptional students in the content area (like science)  is to make sure they have experiences with vocabulary that use Total Physical Response.  The strategy modeled here is called Content Cognitive Dictionary.  Here it is presented with adult participants, but can easily be used with elementary students.

Side note: It was a big deal figuring out what I would wear for this film because I didn’t want to look dated in a few years. There were no students on campus the day of the filming so my “students” are a couple of my colleagues.     

 Below is a sample from a notebook entry after using the Content Cognitive Dictionary in a lesson.  A few of the vocabulary words were different than the video, but the technique was the same.

Predict meaning
Record actual definition
Draw a picture
Create a gesture to remember the word
Some examples done on chart paper from Elementary Classrooms:

Here is a printable for you that your students can use.

Content Cognitive Dictionary

Templates for Interactive Notebooks

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