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Introduce Vocabulary: Arthur’s Baby (Brown)

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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: Arthur’s Baby (Brown) , 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 Arthur’s Baby.

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.


Adorable means really cute and lovable. What’s the word?

Everyone thinks puppies are adorable. You probably think furry baby animals are adorable.

I’m going to name some words. If you think the words mean cute and lovable, say adorable. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Stiff
  • Prickly
  • Precious
  • Sweet
  • Dear


Advice means something you tell someone when he or she needs help. What’s the word?

Adults love to give advice to children. If you needed to paint your house, you could ask someone who paints for advice on how to start.

I’m going to name some people. If you think you’d ask the person for help with homework, say advice. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A baby
  • Someone who speaks a different language
  • A parent
  • A teacher
  • A classmate


Germs refers to the tiny invisible bugs that live all around us. What’s the word?

Some germs can make people sick. You should wash your hands a lot so you don’t catch cold germs from other people.

I’m going to name some activities. If you think doing the activity might spread tiny, invisible bugs, say germs. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Sharing a fork
  • Eating without washing your hands
  • Wearing clean clothes
  • Taking a shower
  • Sneezing on a friend


Squeal means to make a high screaming noise. What’s the word?

People on a roller coaster often squeal. When you’re playing tag, you sometimes squeal from excitement.

I’m going to name some places. If you think it’s okay to make a high screaming noise in the place, say squeal. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • The movie theater
  • The playground
  • The swimming pool
  • A birthday party
  • The library


Triple means three times. What’s the word?

The boy charged triple his usual fee for mowing a lawn that was really long and weedy. If you get three scoops of ice cream, it’s called a triple cone.

I’m going to name some things. If you would like to get three of these things, say triple. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Birthday presents
  • Bad grades
  • Sore throats
  • Gumballs
  • Friends


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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