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Introduce Vocabulary: My Chinatown: One Year in Poems (Mak)

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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: My Chinatown: One Year in Poems (Mak), 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 My Chinatown: One Year in Poems.

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.


Fortune means good luck or wealth. What’s the word?

The cookie I got at the Chinese restaurant said next year I will have really good fortune. My father makes a fortune at his new job, so he is able to buy me a new bike.

I’m going to name some things. If you think the thing means good luck or wealth, say fortune. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • You win the lottery.
  • You lose your favorite T-shirt.
  • Your friend has to go to the hospital.
  • You find a dollar on the street.
  • You miss the bus for school.


Scraps means little, left over bits of something. What’s the word?

We threw scraps of bread to the birds. It’s all right to leave scraps on your plate; you don’t need to eat everything.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means little bits, say scraps. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Full
  • Leftovers
  • Odds and ends
  • A whole cake
  • Crumbs of cake


Soar means to fly smoothly with wings open wide. What’s the word?

The bird that soars the most gracefully is the eagle. Would you like to soar through the sky and over the city?

I’m going to name some animals. If you think the animal can fly smoothly with wings open wide, say soar. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A swallow
  • A baby bat
  • A penguin
  • A hawk
  • A mosquito


Victory is a win. What’s the word?

The only thing I want today is a victory over the other team. You should be so excited about your victory in the foot race.

I’m going to name some games. If you think the game is one where a person tries to win, say victory. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Hide-and-seek
  • Tag
  • Play house
  • Jump rope
  • Baseball


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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