Explorers Unit Vocabulary (Where We Are In Place and Time)

Explorers Unit Vocabulary (Where We Are In Place and Time)
Mollie McAllister

As we start digging in to our Explorer's unit of inquiry it's important to become familiar with the vocabulary that we will encounter and develop through out the unit. We used the hexagons to find out which vocabulary words we are familiar with, and which ones we will become familiar with.

Fourth graders used their thinking skills to arrange the hexagons in sequences and clusters, justifying and annotating any connections made. Here are the possible outcomes.

  • Unistructural learning outcome-student identifies one hexagon
  • Multistructural learning outcome-student identifies several hexagons
  • Relational learning outcome-student connects hexagons and explains the connections with annotations.
  • Extended abstract learning outcome– student tessellates (clusters) hexagons adding annotations to make generalisations about a vertex (intersection point).


Collaborating and communicating are the most important skills needed to participate in this activity. 


Considering this is the beginning of the unit, many of these words are brand new to us. We look forward to using these hexagons again through out the unit as our knowledge and ideas about explorers continue to grow.  



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