Below is the unit table of contents page and our vocabulary sheet. We have this at the beginning of every unit. After we learn a new vocabulary word, we find the definition, record the word, and draw a brian picture to help us remember the definition. I keep my vocabulary list on the white board in the classroom. I will ask students to think of a picture that we can draw to help us remember the definition of the word. They have become really good and this and start thinking of a definition as soon as I introduce a new word. After getting student response I tell them to draw whatever picture will help them remember and on the board I draw the picture that I think is most meaningful, fully aware that many students will wait and draw whatever I do. However, since practicing this routine from the beginning of the year I have noticed students feel more confident in their ideas and do not mimic my pictures as much.
Left: cardinal/intermediate direction notes
Right: Compass Rose
Left: Hemisphere Sheet
Right: Continent Notes
World Map labeled and colored
Cut and paste continent activity
Left: Passport review booklet
Right: Grid Map notes and student-created example
Inside the Passport
Dream Bedroom Grid Map and Key
I would love to hear any ideas or suggestions!