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Introduce Vocabulary: George’s Store at the Shore (Bassede)

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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: George’s Store at the Shore (Bassede), 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 George’s Store at the Shore.

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.


Arrange means to set things in order. What’s the word?

In the grocery store food is arranged by whether it needs to stay cold or not. You should arrange your desk so you can find books and pencils easily.

I’m going to name some items. If you think the item might be placed neatly on the shelves at a toy store, say arrange. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Blocks
  • Stuffed animals
  • Canned corn
  • Dolls
  • Hammers


Assortment means not just one type of something, but many kinds. What’s the word?

To stay healthy, people should eat an assortment of foods. Do you like an assortment of nuts, or just peanuts?

I’m going to name some foods. If you think there are many types of the food, say assortment. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Banana
  • Fruit
  • Candy
  • Cereal
  • Bacon


Customers means people who buy something. What’s the word?

A store would have to shut down if it had no customers. When you have a lemonade stand, be polite to your customers.

I’m going to name some places. If you think people would come to the place to buy something, say customers. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Your closet
  • The forest
  • The mall
  • The grocery store
  • A pizza restaurant


Daydream means letting your mind wander so you aren’t paying attention. What’s the word?

A person driving a car must pay attention and not daydream. You can take a little break from work by staring out the window and having a daydream.

I’m going to name some times. If you think it’s all right to let your mind wander and not pay attention during these times, say daydream. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • While riding on a long car trip
  • While lying in bed, waiting to fall asleep
  • While taking a test
  • While driving a car
  • While going for a walk on a familiar path


Indispensable means something that’s so important you can’t do without it. What’s the word?

For someone about to jump out of a plane, a parachute is indispensable. If you plan to be out in the sun, sunglasses are indispensable.

I’m going to name some items. If you think the item is so important that you can’t do without it, say indispensable. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A fancy new outfit
  • Food
  • A home to live in
  • Water
  • Lots of candy every day


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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