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Introduce Vocabulary: A Day at the Apple Orchard (Faulkner and Krawsky)

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Lesson Type: Introduce
Grade: K, 1, 2, 3
Group Size: Small Group, Whole Class
Length: 20 minutes
Goal: After listening to a fiction read-aloud, students will know the meaning of three Tier Two vocabulary words.
Materials: A Day at the Apple Orchard (Faulkner and Krawsky), board or chart paper.
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What to Do


Select three Tier Two vocabulary words to teach your students. A list of suggested words appears below. Write the vocabulary words on the board or on chart paper.


1. Introduce the story.

Today we are going to read a story entitled A Day at the Apple Orchard.

2. Introduce the three vocabulary words you have chosen.

Before we read the story, I want to introduce some new words that we will come across. Please repeat each word after I say it.

3. Read the story.

Let’s read the story. Make sure to listen for today’s vocabulary words and to think about how they are used in the story. If you hear a vocabulary word while I am reading, raise your hand.

4. Define key vocabulary words. See definitions below.

Let’s think about our vocabulary words. The word ______________ means ____________. Does anyone remember how this word was used in the text?

Call on students to answer the question. Then refer to the text to show how the word was used in context. Repeat this process for each vocabulary word.


Now let’s practice what we’ve learned.


Cycle means anything that happens in a repeating pattern. What’s the word?

The life of a plant happens in a cycle. The days of the week are a cycle: you go to school, come home, eat supper, go to bed, get up, go to school, come home, eat supper, over and over again.

I’m going to name some things that happen. If you think they happen over and over again, say cycle. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A bee makes honey.
  • The sun rises and sets.
  • The days of the week.
  • You have your sixth birthday.
  • You finish first grade.


Harvest is what you call food or plants after they’re picked or collected. What’s the word?

Farmers hope their harvest is big this year. Did you get a good harvest of the carrots you planted?

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing is a food after it’s been picked or collected, say harvest. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A box of crayons
  • A Lego collection
  • A basket of potatoes
  • A net full of fish in a boat
  • A bag of marshmallows


Orchard is a field of fruit trees. What’s the word?

The farmer was proud of his beautiful cherry orchard. If you went to an apple orchard, you would see lots of fruit hanging from trees.

I’m going to name some foods. If you think they grow on trees in a field, say orchard. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Watermelons
  • Fish sticks
  • Apples
  • Walnuts
  • Cherries


Pollen means the yellow-colored powder in the center of a flower that bees carry on their legs to help more flowers grow. What’s the word?

Pollen makes some people sneeze if they breathe it. Have you ever rubbed pollen from a daisy on your nose?

I’m going to name some living things. If you think these living things grow yellow powder in the middle, say pollen. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Kittens
  • Ants
  • Apple blossoms
  • Flowers
  • Alligators


Ripen means to finish growing and become ready to pick. What’s the word?

Late summer is when the wheat ripens in the field. Did the tomatoes you planted ripen yet?

I’m going to name some fruit. If you think the fruit has finished growing and is ready to pick, say ripen. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Tiny green strawberries
  • Large red strawberries
  • Sour, green blueberries
  • Sweet, soft purple blueberries
  • Yummy yellow bananas


For Advanced Students:

If time permits, have students create more examples for the vocabulary words.

For Struggling Students:

If time permits, have students record the words on a Vocabulary Discovery Chart or in a Word Journal.

For ELL Students:

In order to help ELL students learn the words, it may be helpful to use realia and/or to teach cognates.

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