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Introduce Vocabulary: Franklin Goes To School (Bourgeois)

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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: Franklin Goes To School (Bourgeois), 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 Franklin Goes To School.

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.


Artist means someone who draws or makes art. What’s the word?

The artist loved to make huge paintings with red paint. Even if you don’t make money, you are an artist if you love to create things.

I’m going to name some items. If you think people might use the item to draw or make art, say artist. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Milk
  • Gum
  • Paint
  • Clay
  • Chalk


Boast means to brag about how good you are or what a good job you did. What’s the word?

No one likes a person who boasts all the time. If you boast about your schoolwork, you might make others feel bad.

I’m going to name some things a person might say. If you think the person would say the thing to brag about how good he or she is, say boast. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • No one skates as well as I do.
  • I like your sweater.
  • I’m better at baseball than anyone in my class.
  • You did a good job on your handwriting test.
  • My dog is cuter than your dog.


Clutch means to hold something very tightly. What’s the word?

The little boy made sure to clutch his mama’s hand when they crossed the street. You should clutch your papers on a windy day so they don’t blow away.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means to hold something tightly, say clutch. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Let go
  • Leave
  • Grab
  • Grasp
  • Grip


Offer means to ask if someone wants help or an item. What’s the word?

The kind boy offered to help an old woman with her groceries. I won’t help if you don’t want me to; I just thought I’d offer.

I’m going to name some things people might say. If you think I’m asking if someone wants help or wants an item, say offer. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Can I give you some potatoes?
  • I could give you a ride to the game, if you want.
  • Where is the mustard?
  • What color is your room painted?
  • Do you want to play with us?


Worried means to be afraid that something is going to go wrong. What’s the word?

I was worried when my friends were driving through a snowstorm. Sometimes if you’re worried, your stomach may feel upset.

I’m going to name some things that might happen. If you think the thing might make you afraid that something will go wrong, say worried. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • The sun comes up in the morning.
  • A bird sings.
  • There’s a lightning storm.
  • Your friend gets very sick.
  • You can’t find your dog.


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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