Thursday, February 28, 2013

REVIEW: Lone Star Learning--Science and Math Vocabulary Cards



Needing a fun supplement that will make science and math vocabulary become crystal clear to your students? Then look no further than Lone Star Learning's Get the Picture: Target Science Vocabulary:Set 1 and Get the Picture: Target Math Vocabulary:Set 1 Cards.  Utilizing mnemonic methods, 
these cards take math and science vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to your student and present them in full-color, glossy pictures for word association and memorization. 






How we used them: For Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Math- Set 1, we hand-picked the vocabulary that applied to the current chapter in our math book on which my daughter happened to be working.  When we first received the (5.5" x 4.25") cards, we were right in the middle of geometry, so words like "line segment", "diameter", "area", and "congruent" were so helpful.  These clever cards really helped Abbey remember which term meant what and which one to use when working through her chapter.   When we moved to long division the following week, we were able to pull out the "divisor" and "dividend" cards to help her remember which was which!   As we move forward each week, I plan to pull out the math vocabulary cards that will help her.  Here is a list of the words in set 1:


Set 1 Word List:


acute angle
area
circumference
complementary angles
cone
congruent
cube
cylinder
decimal
decreasing
diagonal
diameter
dividend
divisor
edge
equilateral triangle
even
exponent
exterior
face
greater than
hexagon
horizontal
increasing
interior
intersecting lines
isosceles triangle
less than
line segment
mean
median
mode
numerator/denominator
obtuse angle
octagon
odd
ordered pair
parallel
pattern
pentagon
perimeter
perpendicular
polygon
radius
range
ray
reflection
right angle
rotation
similar
sphere
supplementary angles
symmetry
translation
vertical
X axis
Y axis



For Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Science-Set 1, we did things a little differently.  We actually took several days to study these beautiful, large (5.5" x 8.5") cards like flash cards. She memorized them very easily, even the tough words that she had never heard before, and had fun quizzing me in return.  This set included words like "evaporation", "condensation", and "fibrous root".  As we study different themes in science going forward, I plan on pulling out the applicable cards and having her review them.    

Here is a list of the words in set 1:


Word List Set 1


blizzard
carnivore
Celsius
condensation
conductor
conglomerate
conifer
deciduous
evaporation
fall
fern
fibrous root
flood
friction
load – fulcrum
gear
gravity
herbivore
igneous
inclined plane
inherited
lever
magnetic
mammal
metamorphic
moss
permeable
precipitation
pulley
reptile
sedimentary
spring
stretch
summer
symmetry
taproot
turn
wedge
wheel
winter

Regardless of which set you purchase, you will be getting a glossary, so you can easily explain to your student what each word is. From the glossary, you can also read the definition and have your student pick out the corresponding card for extra practice. 

Recommended AgesBoth of these sets are recommended for grades 3 - 8, however I believe ages as young as 5 can understand a lot of these words because of the wonderful way in which they are presented. Please check out the sets on their website to determine which set will work best for your present needs.



My Final Thoughts: I loved these as supplementary tool.  My daughter and I are both visual learners, so seeing the letters come to life to form picture words really helped cement each term in her mind.  It is such a great idea, and I wish I had thought of it! My daughter loved that she was able to quickly learn some of the "tough" words for her, and after only a few times through each set, she was able to define them all very quickly. 

Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Words: Science Set 1 retails for $29.99.  

Get the Picture: Target Vocabulary Words: Math Set 1 (small set) retails for $29.99. 

There are several more sets available for purchase under Math, Science, and Language, so I encourage you to investigate the well-laid out store site over at Lone Star Learning, and if your budget allows, make this investment for your schoolroom! 

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