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Introduce Vocabulary: Clifford’s Family (Bridwell)

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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: Clifford's Family (Bridwell)

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 Clifford’s Family.

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.


City means a town where lots and lots of people live. What’s the word?

Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the United States. Do you enjoy the activity of a big city?

I’m going to name some things. If you think you might see the thing in a big town where lots of people live, say city. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Miles and miles of farmland
  • A forest
  • Many cars
  • Tall buildings
  • Lots of activity


Country means out in the forest and fields, where not many people live. What’s the word?

A peaceful walk in the country with the wildlife is my favorite thing to do. When you go skiing, you usually must go to the country.

I’m going to name some things. If you think you might see the thing out in the forest and fields where not many people live, say country. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A tractor cutting wheat
  • Many stores
  • A raccoon and her babies
  • A hay wagon
  • A million people


Crosswalk means the part of the street where people can safely cross. What’s the word?

The school will pay someone to stand at the crosswalk and help children cross the street. You will get in trouble if you cross the street without using the crosswalk.

I’m going to name some things you can do. If you think you should do the thing in the street where people cross, say crosswalk. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Stop and talk on the phone
  • Set your chair down
  • Read a book
  • Move quickly
  • Be careful


Taxi means a vehicle that will give people a ride for money. What’s the word?

A lot of people use a taxi to get around in a big city. When you ride in a taxi, you have to pay the driver for the ride.

I’m going to name some vehicles. If you think the vehicle could be used to give people a ride in a big city, say taxi. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • An airplane
  • A car
  • A van
  • A bicycle pulling a cart
  • A huge boat


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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