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Introduce Vocabulary: It’s Pumpkin Time (Hall)

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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: It’s Pumpkin Time (Hall), 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 It’s Pumpkin Time.

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.


Buds means the tiny green leaves that appear when a plant first starts to grow. What’s the word?

A gardener might cover the buds so the birds don’t eat them and kill the plant. Have you ever seen furry willow buds?

I’m going to name some living things. If you think the thing starts life as a tiny green leaf, say buds. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Lettuce
  • Kittens
  • Beetles
  • Strawberries
  • Roses


Gather means to pick or harvest plants from where they are growing. What’s the word?

One of the most fun things to do in the fall is gathering apples. Would you like to help gather carrots?

I’m going to name some things. If you think you might use the thing when you go to the garden to pick vegetables, say gather. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • Your best dressy shoes
  • A sunhat
  • A pair of gloves to protect your hands from thorns
  • A basket
  • A blender


Hollow means to scoop out the insides of something. What’s the word?

We bought an old house and hollowed it out so we could redecorate the inside of it.

When you scoop pieces of cantaloupe with your spoon, you’re hollowing it out.

I’m going to name some items. If you think you’d use the item to scoop out the insides of a pumpkin, say hollow. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A baseball bat
  • A spoon
  • A bowl to catch the seeds
  • A knife to loosen the stringy parts
  • Mittens


Narrow means thin and not wide. What’s the word?

The bathroom in an airplane is hard to move around in because it’s such a narrow space. If you can put your fingers all the way around your wrist, then you can call your wrist narrow.

I’m going to name some items. If you think the item is thin and not wide, say narrow. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A beach ball
  • A turkey
  • A string
  • A line you draw with your pencil
  • A snake


Vines means a kind of plant that hangs or creeps with long stems. What’s the word?

The child tripped over the vines that were all over the garden. Have you seen vines growing up the side of a house?

I’m going to name some plants. If you think the plant hangs or creeps and has long stems, say vines. Otherwise, stay quiet. Ready?

  • A cactus
  • Strawberries
  • Peas
  • Morning glory
  • Ivy


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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