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Introduce Vocabulary: Everybody Cooks Rice (Dooley)

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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: Everybody Cooks Rice (Dooley), 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 Everybody Cooks Rice.

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.


Delicious means something tastes very good. What's the word?

Everyone loves cookies because they are delicious. Do you think watermelon is delicious?

I'm going to name some things found in the kitchen. If you think the item tastes really good, say delicious. Otherwise, just stay quiet. Ready?

  • A spoon
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Orange juice
  • The counter top
  • A sink


Grumbling means being mad and talking about it to yourself. What's the word?

The boy was angry but too scared to say anything, so he spent his day grumbling. Your mom doesn't like it when you grumble.

I'm going to name some things that happen. If you think the thing might make someone mad, say grumble. Otherwise, just stay quiet. Ready?

  • People being loud in the movie theater
  • Someone picking up trash and throwing it away
  • Another driver pulling in front of your mom's car
  • Someone spilling a sticky drink and not wiping it up
  • A neighbor planting a beautiful garden


Gulp means to swallow something quickly and make a big noise. What's the word?

When you're really thirsty, you may swallow water in big gulps. I swallowed my fear with a big gulp.

I'm going to name some activities. If you want to hurry with lunch so you can do the activity, say gulp. Otherwise, just stay quiet. Ready?

  • Go on a field trip to the zoo
  • Clean the bathroom
  • Make your bed
  • Pick out a new puppy
  • Play with your friend


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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