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Vocabulary Activities

The FreeReading Vocabulary activities are organized into three categories: Introduce, Reintroduce, and Build Mastery.

  • Introduce: After listening to a read-aloud, students will learn new vocabulary words by distinguishing examples and non-examples of the words. For each of the books below, we have chosen Tier Two vocabulary words found in the text and provided child-friendly definitions for them. Tier Two words are high frequency words that can be found across a wide variety of texts. See "Bringing Words to Life," by Beck, McKeown, and Kucan.
  • Reintroduce: Students will use graphic organizers to refine their understanding of the meanings of words.
  • Build Mastery: Students will expand their knowledge of vocabulary words by engaging in a variety of activities.


Below are popular children's books listed in alphabetical order. Click on any of the blue links to begin a vocabulary lesson.

  • If you would like to use your own book to begin an Introduce Vocabulary activity click here.
  • Click here to see all vocabulary printables, including graphic organizers and game templates.
  • If you would like to see all vocabulary books listed by theme, click here.


Vocabulary Activities
Introduce Reintroduce Build Mastery
A Day at the Apple Orchard Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
A House for Hermit Crab Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
A Picture Book of Abe Lincoln Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
A Picture Book of Helen Keller Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
A Pocket for Corduroy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
A Taste of Honey Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Airport Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Alphabears: An ABC Book Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Amigo Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
An Earthworm's Life Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Animal Action ABC Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Animal Tracks Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Are Trees Alive? Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Arthur's Baby Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Arthur's New Puppy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Black Bear Cub Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Blueberries for Sal Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Christopher Columbus Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Chrysanthemum Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Clap Your Hands Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Clifford the Big Red Dog Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Clifford's Family Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Clouds Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Countdown to Kindergarten Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Cows Can't Fly Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Cross a Bridge Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Curious George Rides a Bike Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Dandelion Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Dinosaur Bones Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Doctor DeSoto Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Dolphin's First Day Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Everybody Cooks Rice Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Fancy Nancy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Firefighters Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Fly Away Home Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
For You are a Kenyan Child Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Franklin Goes to School Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Franklin Goes to the Hospital Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Franklin's New Friend Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Frida Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Froggy Goes to School Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
From Tadpole to Frog Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
George's Store at the Shore Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Giggle, Giggle, Quack Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Grandfather's Journey Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Gregory, the Terrible Eater Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Happy Birthday, Moon Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Have You Seen Bugs? Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot Air Balloon Ride Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
I Am Planet Earth Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
"I Can't," said the Ant Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
I Hate to be Sick Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
I Love You the Purplest Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
I See Animals Hiding Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Icky Bug Colors Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
I'm a Little Teapot Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
In the Small, Small Pond Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Into the A, B, Sea Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
It's Pumpkin Time Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Jonathan and His Mommy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Julius the Baby of the World Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Kindergarten ABC Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Kindergarten Count to 100 Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Letting Swift River Go Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Madeline's Rescue Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Make Way for Ducklings Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Mama, Do You Love Me? Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Matthew's Dream Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Miss Bindergarten Stays Home Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Moonbear's Bargain Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Mr. Lincoln's Way Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Miss Spider's Tea Party Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
My School's a Zoo Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Night Shift Daddy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
One Hungry Monster Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
One Tiny Turtle Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Over in the Meadow Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Peter's Chair Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Pinkalicious Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Puff, the Magic Dragon Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Rap a Tap Tap Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Red Riding Hood Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Ruby the Copycat Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Ruby's Wish Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Smoky Night Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Some Birthday Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Sorting Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Swimmy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Tar Beach Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Tell Me a Story, Mama Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Circus is Coming Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Crayon Box that Talked Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Emperor's Egg Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Five Chinese Brothers Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Great Kapok Tree Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Grouchy Ladybug Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Keeping Quilt Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Legend of the Bluebonnet Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Lion and the Mouse Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Lorax Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Paperboy Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Perfect Nest Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Reasons for the Seasons Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Runaway Pumpkin Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Scarecrow's Hat Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Scaredy Cats Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Story of Ruby Bridges Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Subway Mouse Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Surprise Garden Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
The Three Little Pigs Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Too Many Tamales Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Two Bad Ants Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Welcome to the Ice House Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Where the Wild Things Are Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game
Yoko Graphic Organizer Extension Activity or Game


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