April 1, 2023
James Madison University
US/Eastern timezone
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Teaching Students How to Explain Big Ideas with Simpler Words

Apr 1, 2023, 2:00 PM
King Hall 0259 (James Madison University)

King Hall 0259

James Madison University

701 Carrier Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22807
talk (15-minute) Afternoon Session 1A


Mike Florek (Roanoke County Public Schools)


Special science language plays a big part in our lives. We often do not notice how confusing our language can be until either you or someone else just doesn’t understand the words being used. The reason for this talk is to show you one way of teaching science-word-using to students in a fun and easy to remember way.

The idea for this talk came from the book Thing Explainer, by Randall Munroe. This talk will step through the steps of writing a student-led Thing Explainer, from choosing ideas to reading science papers to drawing pictures to choosing words other people can understand. We will cover good things and bad things that go along with the Thing Explainer and enjoy pieces of student work.

Munroe, R. (2015). Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Primary author

Mike Florek (Roanoke County Public Schools)

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