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Introduce Vocabulary: Frida (Winter)

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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: Frida (Winter), 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 Frida.

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.


Ill means sick. What’s the word?

The child was ill with a fever and a cough. Have you missed much school due to being ill?

I’m going to name some things. If you think having the thing means you’re sick, say ill. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Lots of energy
  • An upset stomach
  • A sore throat
  • Dizziness
  • A good night’s sleep


Imitate means to do what someone else is doing. What’s the word?

Sometimes kids will imitate each other and repeat what the other one says. Do you imitate the way your parents talk?

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means to do what someone else is doing, say imitate. Ready?

  • Mock
  • Discuss
  • Examine
  • Copy
  • Mimic


Miracle means a wonderful event that cannot be explained or believed. What’s the word?

Some people say it’s a miracle every time a baby is born. Do you think miracles really happen?

I’m going to name some events. If you think the event is so wonderful that it can’t be explained or believed, say miracle. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Grass grows
  • Grass grows from a piece of plastic
  • A bird dies and then comes back to life
  • A wolf howls
  • A wolf speaks English


Style means a how a person talks, dresses, acts, or does things. What’s the word?

Each person has his or her own style of walking. Whose style of dress do you most like?

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means how a person talks, dresses, or does things, say style. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Jump
  • Method
  • Way
  • Problem
  • Glad


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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