Pre-Teaching Vocabulary (Second/Third-Grade Combination Class)

>>TEACHER: Today, we’re going to be learning
some new words to get ready for our next science lesson, and our next science lesson is going
to be about how plants and animals adapt or change to survive. Well, that means to help
them stay alive. So these are some words that we’re going to be learning to help us with
that science lesson. So our first word that we’re going to learn today is feature. Can
you all say that word?>>STUDENTS: Feature.
>>TEACHER: Feature, very good. And I even have it written up here so we can read it.
Let’s see what it means.>>STUDENTS: A feature is an important part,
quality, or characteristic of something.>>TEACHER: Okay. So we’re going to talk about
what does that mean. So I’m going to give you some examples of feature. Okay. Your ears
or your nose or your mouth are all parts of your face, so they are all features of your
face, because here it says an important part of something. So is your nose an important
part?>>STUDENTS: Yes.
>>TEACHER: Yes. Are your eyes an important part?
>>STUDENTS: Yes.>>TEACHER: Are your ears an important part?
>>STUDENTS: Yes.>>TEACHER: Yes. So those are all features
of your face, but the cactus has features too. Let’s see if I can find it on here. Okay.
Do you see the cactus?>>STUDENTS: Yes.
>>TEACHER: All right. Well, the cactus has prickly, prickly, prickly needles. Okay? Well,
that’s a feature of this cactus. Okay. Now, another feature of plants are its seeds. Do
you think seeds are an important part of the plant?
>>STUDENTS: Yes.>>TEACHER: Yes. So that’s why it’s a feature.
Very good. Now, a feature of a cat is its whiskers but it doesn’t have to be its whiskers.
It could be any important part of the cat. That’s a feature. Now, even things like the
smell can be a feature, like the smell of a rose. Has anybody smelled a rose?
>>STUDENTS: Yes.>>TEACHER: How does it smell?
>>STUDENTS: Great.>>TEACHERS: It smells good, right? So that’s
a feature of the rose that it smells really good. All right. Now, sometimes things are
not features. So I’m going to give you some examples that are not a feature. A mouth is
not a feature of a plant. Does that cactus have a mouth?
>>STUDENTS: No.>>TEACHER: So that’s not a feature of the
cactus. A plant does not have a hand, right? A plant does not have feet. So those are not
features of a plant.

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