A Lesson Plan for Teaching Vocabulary

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A Lesson Plan for Teaching Vocabulary
(one or multiple lessons in centers or whole class contexts)
This is a lesson plan to work on vocabulary in comprehension
with students:
Planning: (20 minutes)
How can you do this?
students to
write the title,
author and
• Select texts that contain useful words with sufficient context and illustration.
(The NRP, 2006, p.25)
• Introduce the title of the new text and let students explore it with some prereading activities such
as: looking at illustrations or guessing the plots. (Pressley, 2006)
• Explain to students what vocabulary is and why it is so important.
• Share the plan for this class activity with students.
• Explain what a goal is and why it is important to set goals in school and life.
Remind students to click
on the green
to save their
• Encourage students to write goals about vocabulary, such as: “I want to learn the meaning of
three new words in the story “The Little Red Hen”.
To learn more about setting goals, visit: (add link)
Doing: (10-12 minutes)
How can you do this?
Direct Vocabulary Instruction:
• Teach vocabulary meanings beforehand (Pressley, 2002): introducing new vocabulary words that
your students are about to read increases word knowledge and improves students’ understanding
of their reading. (The NRP, 2006, p. 25)
• Read Aloud: this strategy can influence young children’s vocabulary learning. (The NRP, 2006)
• Ask questions while reading: “what does it mean when it says ...? “What does this word mean?”
(NRP, 2006, p. 25)
• Use association methods: encourage students to draw connections between what words they
know and words that they do not know. (The NRP, 2000)
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Doing(cont ’ ): (20-25 minutes)
Indirect Vocabulary Instruction:
• Encourage independent reading to gain knowledge about words. (The NRP, 2006)
• Promote extensive reading: Reading helps increase fluency and young readers’ vocabulary. (Pressley,
• Stimulate repetition and multiple exposures to vocabulary items. (The NRP, 2006)
• Have students play with the vocabulary games in ABRA that are linked to your story.
• Ask students to choose and write on a piece of paper three or four words.
Vocabulary Activity:
Given different attributes
of a word, students must
determine which
sentences use the word
• Have students go to ePEARL by clicking at the right at the bottom of the screen in the ABRA activity.
• Ask them to go to My Readings. Students then click on the title of the work they previously created.
Vocabulary Activity (ESL):
Students match given
words with the
corresponding picture.
They will then use the
words appropriately in a
given sentence.
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Doing in e PE AR L (cont ’ ): (10-20 minutes)
Here are some activities students can do in ePEARL
• Students record the words they previously wrote.
• They can also create and record sentences using new words.
• Their partners can click on the green bird, listen and check their partners’ word
definitions or sentences.
• Students can also draw a picture of these words and attach the file.
To find out how to record or attach files in ePEARL visit our virtual tutorials:
Re f le c t ing: (20-30 minutes)
How can you do this?
Peer feedback:
• Encourage students to write comments on their partners’ portfolios focusing on the text, the right
definitions of the words, as well as the appropriate use of the words in new sentences.
• Let students read the feedback together and review the goals and strategies stated at the beginning.
To know more about setting goals, visit: (add link)
Teacher feedback:
• Talk with your students about their portfolios and provide feedback on their goals.
• Ask them, for example: Did you meet your goals? Which strategies helped you accomplish your
goals? What would you do differently next time?
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