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Introduce Vocabulary: The Three Little Pigs (Marshall)

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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: The Three Little Pigs (Marshall), 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 The Three Little Pigs.

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.


Colossal means huge or very large. What's the word?

The man had a colossal headache because traffic was so bad. At the ice cream store, you might want the colossal cone, but your parents will probably buy you a smaller one.

I'm going to name some things. If the thing is very big, say colossal. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • A marshmallow
  • An elephant
  • A jet plane
  • A tall building
  • A piece of gum


Displeasure means feeling upset or not happy. What's the word?

The teacher showed her displeasure with the class by not allowing recess. If someone steals your pencils, you will feel displeasure.

I'm going to name some things that might happen. If the thing would make you unhappy, say displeasure. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • You get a new bike.
  • You lose a favorite toy.
  • You get a yummy treat.
  • You fall off the monkey bars.
  • Someone thanks you for helping.


Loitering means just hanging around, doing nothing. What's the word?

Store owners don't like it when people loiter in front of their building. If you just hang out on the playground on Sunday, doing nothing, you are loitering.

I'm going to name some behaviors. If you think the behavior is just hanging around doing nothing, say loitering. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • Standing in front of the movie theatre
  • Sitting at the library without reading anything
  • Playing tag
  • Catching frogs in the pond
  • Walking through the mall but not shopping


Scrumptious means really yummy. What's the word?

S'mores are scrumptious chocolate and marshmallow sandwiches. When you eat something good, you could say it's scrumptious.

I'm going to name some things you might eat. If you think the thing tastes really yummy, say scrumptious. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Watermelon
  • Apple pie


Shimmy means to shake. What's the word?

When the woman was learning to dance, her teacher told her to shimmy. If you go on a fast ride at the fair, you might shimmy.

I'm going to name some activities. If you think you might shake during the activity, say shimmy. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • Doing the hokey-pokey
  • Sitting on a bus going down a bumpy road
  • Learning to read at school
  • Riding a fast horse
  • Sliding down a pole


Splendid means really wonderful or great. What's the word?

The teacher was so happy with her class she told them they were splendid. You could think that having a party is a splendid activity.

I'm going to name some activities. If you think the activity is great or wonderful, say splendid. Otherwise, don't say anything. Just sit quietly. Ready?

  • A long boring car ride
  • Washing the floor
  • Having a friend over
  • Seeing a funny movie
  • Rollerskating


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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