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Introduce Vocabulary: Froggy Goes to School (London)

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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: Froggy Goes to School (London), 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 Froggy 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.


Nervous means a little scared. What's the word?

The man was nervous to sing in front of an audience. You will be nervous if you are asked to tell a joke to a large group of people.

I'm going to name some things you do. If you think the event would make you a little scared, say nervous. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Sitting on mom's lap reading a book
  • Watching your favorite TV show
  • Asking someone you don't know for a favor
  • Getting a shot at the doctor's office
  • Dancing in front of an audience


Squirm means to twist around like you're uncomfortable. What's the word?

Since the child wasn't allowed to stand up, she squirmed in her chair. You might squirm if the desk you're sitting in is too small.

I'm going to name some places to sit. If you think you'd be uncomfortable in the place, say squirm. Otherwise, keep quiet. Ready?

  • Soft grass
  • A hard bench
  • Your bed
  • A small stool
  • Mom's lap


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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