Lesson Plan

Figuring Out Tricky Words

Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.

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Academic

Students will be able to identify and define unknown words in a nonfiction text.

Language

Students will be able to read and understand content-specific vocabulary at the sentence level using visual and context clues.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Display National Geographic Kids: Dolphins by Melissa Stewart, or a similar nonfiction book on document camera if possible.
  • Point to the title and model getting stuck reading it.
  • Pause to think aloud. Notice the photograph on the cover of the book. Tell the students that you are thinking this book has to do with an animal. Now model noticing the first letter, and sound out the title, "D-D-Dolphins!" Tell the students that good readers use pictures and the beginning sounds to help them read new words.