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Introduce Vocabulary: Into the A, B, Sea (Rose)

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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: Into the A, B, Sea (Rose), 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 Into the A, B, Sea.

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.


Cling means to grab tightly and hold on. What's the word?

The baby monkey rides on its mother's back by clinging to her fur. When you don't want someone to take your blanket, you can cling to it.

I'm going to name some items. If you'd be able to hold on tight to the item, say cling. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A cloud
  • A rope
  • A hula hoop
  • Water
  • A stuffed animal


Nab means to pick something up quickly, sometimes when you're not supposed to take it. What's the word?

He wasn't allowed to have sweets before supper, so he nabbed a cookie when his mom wasn't looking. If you catch a baseball as it flies by, you've nabbed it.

I'm going to name some items. If you think you could grab the item quickly, say nab. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A quarter on the floor
  • A bird in a tree
  • An airplane flying over
  • A mouse in a cage
  • A bouncy ball


Prey means an animal that is hunted by another animal. What's the word?

The rabbit kept close to its hole so that it didn't become prey. When you play hide-and-seek, you are like prey when you're hiding.

I'm going to name some animals. If you think the animal is hunted by another animal, say prey. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A lion
  • A bear
  • A squirrel
  • A tiger
  • A deer


Slumber means to sleep deeply. What's the word?

I was so tired, I felt like I could slumber for a month. When you've had a lot of exercise, it's good to slumber all night.

I'm going to name some times. If you think you might sleep deeply during these times, say slumber. Otherwise, keep quiet. Ready?

  • On a cold, dark, winter night
  • During the fireworks on the 4th of July
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Climbing a tree
  • In front of a warm fireplace


Thrive means to grow and become stronger. What's the word?

If a plant has enough water and sunshine, it will thrive. Because your parents want you to thrive, they give you healthy food and lots of love.

I'm going to name some items. If you think the item could grow and become stronger, say thrive. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • Chicks
  • Doughnuts
  • Crayons
  • A sunflower plant
  • A stapler


For Advanced Students:

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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