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Introduce Vocabulary: Airport (Barton)

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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: Airport (Barton) , board or chart paper

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 Airport.

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.


Attendant means someone who helps people. What’s the word?

An attendant on an airplane may bring you water and food during the flight. If you want to be an attendant when you grow up, it helps to be friendly.

I’m going to name some jobs. If you think the person in the job often helps people, say attendant. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
  • Basketball player
  • Typist


Cargo means a load that is carried by a ship, airplane, or truck. What’s the word?

Cargo on an airplane must not be too heavy, or the plane cannot fly right. If a boat has a lot of full crates, you would say it has a lot of cargo.

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing I name could carry a load that weighs one ton, say cargo. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Your little red wagon
  • A big ship
  • An airplane
  • A donkey
  • A train


Cockpit means the small room at the front of an airplane where the pilot sits and drives the airplane. What’s the word?

Only about three people can fit in the cockpit. If you lean how to drive an airplane, you will be able to sit in the cockpit.

I’m going to name some items. If you think you might find the item in the small room at the front of an airplane, say cockpit. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A two-way radio
  • A kitchen table
  • A drum set
  • A waterslide
  • Lots of dials and knobs


Fuel means something that is burned to make heat or energy. What’s the word?

Food is fuel for our bodies. If you want to drive a car, you have to buy fuel at the gas station.

I’m going to name some items. If you think the item can be burned to make energy or heat, say fuel. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A piece of glass
  • Gas
  • Dry wood
  • Coal
  • A marshmallow


Runway means a long, smooth piece of ground that an airplane uses to take off or land. What’s the word?

Before taking off, the pilot must be sure there’s nothing on the runway that he might run over. You should never stand on a runway unless you work at the airport.

I’m going to name some materials. If you think an airplane could drive on the materials, say runway. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Cement
  • Very hard dirt
  • Peanut butter
  • Water
  • Concrete


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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