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Introduce Vocabulary: Kindergarten Count to 100 (Rogers)

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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: Kindergarten Count to 100 (Rogers), 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 Kindergarten Count to 100.

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.


First means coming before all others, or number one. What’s the word?

I was first in line, so I got to choose the first treat. Who was born first in your family?

I’m going to name some people and what they did. If you think the people did the thing before anyone else, say first. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Abraham Lincoln, president
  • George Washington, president
  • Neil Armstrong, astronaut to walk on the moon
  • Alexander Graham Bell, person to make a telephone
  • Michael Jackson, person to make a record


Fountain means a structure that water comes out of. What’s the word?

Most schools have many water fountains for children to drink from. Have you ever thrown a penny into the fountain in the park to make a wish?

I’m going to name some activities. If you think people might do the activity by a structure that water comes out of, say fountain. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Cook
  • Cool off
  • Get a drink
  • Take a picture
  • Sleep


Salute means a gesture of respect or greeting, usually by raising your fingers to your forehead. What’s the word?

In the military, the soldiers must give a salute to the officers. It’s polite to give a little salute when you see someone you know on the street.

I’m going to name some movements. If you think the movement shows respect or a friendly greeting, say salute. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Scratching your neck
  • Tapping your toes
  • Touching your forehead with your fingers
  • Tipping your hat
  • Placing your hand on your chest and bowing a bit


Second means coming after the first, or number two. What’s the word?

I’m the second child in my family. You should be happy you won second place in the race.

I’m going to name some things. If you think the word I say comes right after the first thing in a list, say second. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Monday
  • February
  • Two
  • October
  • Friday


Third means coming right after the second, or number three. What’s the word?

When the girl turned three, she had her third birthday party. Even if two other people do better than you, you’re still in third place.

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing I say is number three in a list, say third. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Twelve
  • Saturday
  • Tuesday
  • March
  • The letter C


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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