Lesson Plan

Learning New Vocabulary

In this lesson, students will identify new vocabulary words from a text read aloud. After selecting new words, they will create their own picture dictionaries to learn the meaning of each new word.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Finding the Right Books lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Finding the Right Books lesson plan.

In the lesson plan, Learning New Vocabulary children are introduced to early strategies such as rereading and looking at pictures, to determine word meanings. Geared towards kindergarten and first grade EL learners, this EL support lesson introduces early readers to the words "tricky," "reread," "drawing," and "unknown," to help determine the definition of new words. Building vocabulary is crucial to reading comprehension and critical to becoming fluent readers. A robust vocabulary builds strong-language skills that helps with communication!



Students will be able to define vocabulary words.


Students will be able to define unknown words in sentence level context using a picture dictionary for support.


(5 minutes)
Picture DictionaryVocabulary Cards: Learning New VocabularyGlossary: Learning New VocabularyTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Activate students' background knowledge by having them turn to a partner and share about a time when they didn't know the meaning of a word (either in English or their home language).
  • Read aloud a text to the class. Before reading, tell students that they will be finding unknown words. These should be words that students are not sure of the meaning of. Explain that not knowing the meaning of a word is nothing to be ashamed of—it's an opportunity to learn!
  • Model how to find an unknown word in the text.