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Introduce Vocabulary: Over in the Meadow (Keats)

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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: Over in the Meadow (Keats), 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 Over in the Meadow.

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.


Bask means to enjoy sitting in a warm place. What's the word?

We like to go the zoo to watch the seals bask in the sun. When you sit in front of a fireplace on a cold winter day, you are basking in the warmth.

I'm going to name some places. If you think the place is a warm, nice place to sit, say bask. Otherwise stay quiet. Ready?

  • A garden on a sunny day
  • A park on a rainy day
  • A hot tub
  • A bench in a snow storm
  • A warm meadow


Burrow means to dig. What's the word?

Some animals, like gophers and mice, burrow into the dirt to make their homes. When you have a big pile of pillows and blankets, you can burrow into them and make a hiding place.

I'm going to name some animals. If you think the animal digs, say burrow. Otherwise stay quiet. Ready?

  • A horse
  • Ants
  • A squirrel
  • An elephant
  • A dog


Caw means a sharp, rough sound made by some birds. What's the word?

Other than the crow cawing, the woods were completely quiet. If you've ever heard the sound a seagull makes, you've heard a caw.

I'm going to name some sounds. If you think the sound is sharp and rough, say caw. Otherwise stay quietly. Ready?

  • A car honking its horn
  • A kitten mewing
  • A goose calling
  • A bell ringing
  • A flute


For Advanced Students:

If time permits, have students create more examples of 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 to help students learn the words.

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