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Introduce Vocabulary Lesson

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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: a fiction book of your choice for read-aloud, board or chart paper

What to Do


Select three Tier Two vocabulary words to teach your students. Write the vocabulary words for the students to see on the board or on chart paper.

  • Note - "Tier Two" vocabulary words are high frequency words that can be found across a wide variety of texts, according to the definition of Tier Two in "Bringing Words to Life," by Beck, McKeown and Kucan.


1. Introduce the story.

Today we are going to read a story entitled <your book name here>.

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.

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 back 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.

  • Define the three vocabulary words you have chosen, and provide examples/non-examples of each word.


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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