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Introduce Vocabulary: Curious George Rides a Bike (Rey)

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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: Curious George Rides a Bike (Rey), 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 Curious George Rides a Bike.

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.


Curious means to want to know more about something. What's the word?

I am curious to learn about how sunflowers grow. If you're curious about something, ask your teacher questions about it.

I'm going to name some things. If you think you would want to know more about the thing, say curious. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A desk in the classroom
  • A very big bug
  • How people build rockets
  • Why the sun comes up in the east
  • A bird in a cage


Enormous means really, really big. What's the word?

The ocean is an enormous body of water. You will grow bigger, but you won't become enormous.

I'm going to name some animals. If you think the animal is much, much bigger than a mouse, say enormous. Otherwise, stay quiet.

  • A cat
  • An elephant
  • A duck
  • A giraffe
  • A squirrel


Fascinating means something is very, very interesting. What's the word?

The librarian finds books fascinating. If you enjoy reading all about animals, you could say that you think they are fascinating.

I'm going to name some things. If you think doctors are very interested in the thing, say fascinating. Otherwise, keep quiet. Ready?

  • Bones
  • Lemonade
  • Medicine
  • Diseases
  • Tires on a car


Acquainted means being familiar with someone. What's the word?

It took me a long time to get acquainted with all the people in my new school. Once you meet everyone in your class, you will be acquainted with them.

I'm going to name some people. If you have met that person, say acquainted. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • The president of the United States
  • Your brother or sister
  • The lady who wrote the Harry Potter books
  • The child sitting next to you
  • Me


Whisked means to have moved something quickly away. What's the word?

The wind whisked the leaves off the roof. When you clean up your room in a hurry, you could say I whisked through my chores.

I'm going to name some items. If the wind could quickly move the item away, say whisked. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A load of bricks
  • Feathers
  • Dust
  • A house
  • A piece of paper


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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