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AlphaBoxes is a graphic organizer that can not only activate students' prior knowledge about a topic, but can be used to collect vocabulary during a unit of study.  It is like the student's own personal word wall.  If this graphic organizer is given to students at the beginning of a unit, they can fill in all of the vocabulary they know about that topic.  The teacher can quickly assess student knowledge.  As the unit progresses, students add to the AlphaBoxes as new words are introduced.  AlphaBoxes also can be used to stimulate writing about the topic.  Students will be able to refer back to this graphic organizer to get the appropriate words as they explain their learning.

Blank AlphaBoxes graphic Organizer

Pair-Square with AlphaBoxes


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