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Introduce Vocabulary: Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air-Balloon Ride (Priceman)

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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: Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air-Balloon Ride (Priceman), 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 Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air-Balloon Ride.

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.


Amateur means someone who does a hobby for fun, not for money. What’s the word?

An amateur photographer took my pictures, but they were pretty good anyway. You’re too young to be a professional race car driver; you’re still an amateur.

I’m going to name some activities. If you think the person doing the activity might be doing it just for fun, say amateur. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Brain surgery
  • Flying to the moon
  • Flying kites
  • Walking a dog
  • Growing flowers


Assembled means built or put together. What’s the word?

My dad and I assembled a model car. Have you assembled your diorama for the science fair yet?

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing must be built or put together, say assembled. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A kite
  • A dog
  • A dog house
  • Fish
  • An aquarium


Demonstration means showing a group of people how to do something. What’s the word?

We attended the cooking demonstration to learn how to make lasagna. Have you given a demonstration on how to take care of your horses?

I’m going to name some things. If you think people need to be shown how to do the thing, say demonstration. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Use a chainsaw safely
  • Build a model rocket
  • Ride a horse


Event means something that happens. What’s the word?

I went to an event at the fairgrounds last night. Do you remember the event we went to last week?

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means something that happens, say event. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Situation
  • Incident
  • Hose
  • Banana
  • Occurrence


Experiment means a test to see if something will work. What’s the word?

It’s a good thing Thomas Edison liked to do experiments; that’s how he invented the light bulb. Did you read about Benjamin Franklin’s experiment with the kite and key?

I’m going to name some things. If you think someone might have done a test to see if the thing worked, say experiment. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Airplanes
  • The sun
  • Medicine
  • Wind
  • Computers


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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