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Introduce Vocabulary: Fly Away Home (Bunting)

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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: Fly Away Home (Bunting), 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 Fly Away Home.

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.


Delayed means put off until a later time. What’s the word?

The flight was delayed because of ice storms. You were delayed on your way to school by a train that was passing in front of the school bus.

I’m going to name some events. If you think the event might be put off to a later time, say delayed. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A parade on a stormy day
  • Traffic when rocks have fallen on the highway
  • Traffic on a beautiful dry day
  • You when you’ve lost your shoe
  • The sunrise


Noticeable means easy to see or notice. What’s the word?

The scar on the woman’s face was noticeable. Did you find the rain noticeable, or was it just a little sprinkle?

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing is easy to see or notice, say noticeable. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • When someone wears black socks under his pants
  • When someone wears bright purple socks with a dress
  • A little robin in a tree
  • A big turkey in a bush
  • A small cloud high in the sky


Stingy means selfish or not very generous to other people. What’s the word?

The man was certainly not stingy: he donated thousands of dollars to the food bank. You should give the waitress a tip, because it’s no good to be stingy.

I’m going to name some actions. If you think the action is selfish, or not very generous to other people, say stingy. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Rushing to take dessert before anyone else is done eating
  • Sharing your pencils
  • Allowing others to use your paper
  • Playing with toys and not letting others play
  • Picking up garbage in someone else’s backyard


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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