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Introduce Vocabulary: Miss Bindergarten Stays Home (Slate)

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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: Miss Bindergarten Stays Home (Slate), 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 Miss Bindergarten Stays Home.

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.


Advise means to tell someone what you think he or she should do. What’s the word?

Adults try to advise kids because they’ve had more experience. Will you advise me on the best way to jump rope?

I’m going to name some activities. If you think a kid could tell someone how to do the activity, say advise. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Climb trees
  • Play hopscotch
  • Build a computer
  • Use a computer
  • Drive


Lesson means the activities that a teacher does with her class. What’s the word?

Today in school, we did a lesson on mammals. Did you learn the lesson about fractions?

I’m going to name some activities. If you think the activity is something your teacher might have the class do, say lesson. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Ride a horse
  • Bake a pie
  • Practice writing
  • Draw
  • Add


Lovely means very attractive or beautiful. What’s the word?

The sky is lovely when the sunset colors it orange. You might give a lovely smile when you’re getting your photo taken.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means very attractive or beautiful, say lovely. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Pretty
  • Homely
  • Gorgeous
  • Ugly
  • Good-looking


Strum means the motion someone makes with his or her fingers to play a guitar. What’s the word?

I learned to strum a guitar when I was very young. If you strum a guitar too much, your fingertips will get sore.

I’m going to name some instruments. If you think the instrument has strings that you could move your fingers on like a guitar, say strum. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Banjo
  • Cello
  • Harp


Substitute means a person who does someone else’s job for a short time. What’s the word?

I will substitute for the dog walker when he goes on vacation. Do you like it when you have a substitute teacher in your class?

I’m going to name some people. If you think the person might do your teacher’s job if he’s not there, say substitute. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A clown
  • Another teacher
  • The teacher’s aide
  • The president of the United States
  • A cowboy


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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