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Introduce Vocabulary: Franklin Goes to the Hospital (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 the Hospital (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 the Hospital.

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.


Clutched means to have held something tightly. What's the word?

The little girl clutched her favorite doll so she wouldn't drop it. When you go on a ride at the carnival, you clutch the handles so you won't fall out.

I'm going to name some items. If you think you held on tightly to the item when you were a baby, say clutched. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A rattle
  • A bottle
  • A spaceship
  • A sock
  • A zoo


Equipment means tools. What's the word?

The doctor has special equipment in his office. To go to school, you need equipment like pencils, paper, and a backpack.

I'm going to name some items. If you think a fisherman needs the item to do his job, say equipment. Otherwise, just stay quiet. Ready?

  • A toaster
  • A hook
  • A television
  • A boat
  • A net


Numb means with no feeling. What's the word?

I sat on my foot and it became numb. When you go to the dentist, he puts medicine in your mouth to make it numb so it won't hurt.

I'm going to name some things. If you think the thing would lose its feeling, say numb. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • The sidewalk
  • Your toes
  • A chair
  • Your fingers
  • The carpet


Prodded means to have pushed or poked someone gently. What's the word?

The woman had to be prodded to speak in front of a crowd. If you are very tired, you might need to be prodded to get out of bed.

I'm going to name some activities. If you think you'd have to be pushed to do the activity, say prodded. Otherwise, keep quiet. Ready?

  • Jump out of an airplane
  • Go to the circus
  • Dive off the high board
  • Build a snowman
  • Learn to ski


Unfamiliar describes something you don't know or have never seen before. What's the word?

The small child was unfamiliar with her new school. A movie you've never heard of before is unfamiliar to you.

I'm going to name some people. If the person is someone you don't know, say unfamiliar. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Mom
  • Teacher
  • Best friend
  • A lady who works in the mall
  • A stranger walking his 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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