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Introduce Vocabulary: Rap a Tap Tap (Dillon)

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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: Rap a Tap Tap (Dillon), 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 Rap a Tap Tap.

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.


Clatter means a loud banging noise. What’s the word?

When the cups fell out of the cupboard, there was a huge clatter. Your mom tells you not to make so much clatter when you’re playing.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means a loud banging noise, say clatter. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Whisper
  • Rattle
  • Smash
  • Clang
  • Sweep


Greet means to say hello and meet someone. What’s the word?

I try to be polite and greet people I know by shaking hands. You need to stand by the door and greet customers when they come in.

I’m going to name some movements. If you think you might do the movement when you say hello to someone, say greet. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Hide your eyes
  • Wave
  • Nod your head
  • Touch your hat
  • Turn your back


Passion means an activity that someone really enjoys doing. What’s the word?

Since cooking was his passion, the man decided to open a restaurant. You might want to get a job that allows you to practice your passion, whatever that may be.

I’m going to name some activities. If you think the activity is something the person listed loves to do, say passion. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A gardener growing flowers
  • A child working on the railroad
  • A doctor helping someone feel better
  • A doctor making someone sick
  • A farmer raising baby sheep


Pause means to stop and wait for a little while. What’s the word?

When I walked into the party, I didn’t see my friend, so I paused and looked around. If you pause while riding your bike, you might fall over.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the word means to stop and wait for a little while, say pause. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Continue
  • Hesitate
  • Take a break
  • Keep going
  • Hold on


Pleasure means happiness. What’s the word?

The ballerina got great pleasure out of dancing in front of an audience. It’s always a pleasure to see you children.

I’m going to name some activities. If you think the activity would bring happiness, say pleasure. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Working all day digging a deep hole
  • Pulling weeds in the garden under a hot sun
  • Playing in the pool with friends
  • Getting an ice cream treat
  • Petting a cute puppy


Seldom means not very often. What’s the word?

It seldom snows in California. It’s good if you seldom miss school.

I’m going to name some events. If you think the event doesn’t happen very often, say seldom. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Triplets are born
  • A volcano goes off
  • The sun comes up
  • The stars show at night
  • The wind blows


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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