Lesson Plan

Kick -it -Up with Reading Comprehension Fun!

Looking for a way to build Tier 2 vocabulary that gets kids excited? Read on!
Marla Kay D.
Classroom teacher
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, United States
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to acquire, build, and use a rich, varied vocabulary.  

Students will be able to write informational, argumentative, and narrative pieces using Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words.

English Language Arts
Grades 6
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1 Hook / Attention-Getter

To set the stage for learning, begin the class with a quick Jeopardy game.  Pre-load the game with your content vocabulary, or use similar tool, such as Kahoot.

I use review questions from previous lessons to engage students, check for misunderstandings, and practice.    

Toward the end of the question/vocabulary line-up, I make sure to add a couple of new words/concepts to encourage students to wonder and discover.


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

While students are finishing the Jeopardy game, I place "Discovery Cards" around the room.  (Usually one per desk).  These are cards I created for this lesson.  Students move about the room in pairs, working to discover the answers to each "Discovery" card.     This activity asks students to identify synonyms of antonyms of previous vocabulary from a Literature unit.  I add 3-4 cards with new words, encouraging student  collaboration to discover the word meanings.

Students return to their seats to share within pod groups, discussing the new words, and what connection they may have with the current Literature piece.


3 Guided Instruction

Using iPads, students open their Schoology accounts and go to the designated course.  Students located the graphic organizer PDF, and open it in Notability.

Typing or using a stylus, students follow directions as we work on the first item together as a whole class.  Students find an appropriate word to write in the blank, creating an appropriate sentence.    Students check each other's work.  If the pad group cannot come to a consensus, we ask the entire class.  Teach guidance comes into play as necessary, until students are able to read in context.

4 Independent Practice

Students begin the second step of the graphic organizer, in which they solve a puzzle, using the Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary words.  

When completed, students submit the graphic organizer to the appropriate assignment in the Schoology course.

5 Wrap-Up

Using iPads, students open the Book Creator app, and locate the book for the current Literature unit.  A new page will be created for each Tier 2 or Tier 3 word they discovered today.   One each page, students create a visual display of the word and its meaning.   Using a word cloud arrangement, students work in pairs to consider additional words that might connect with the vocabulary terms for this lesson.

After the iBook task is complete, students use "World's Worst Pet- Vocabulary" to  practice Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in context.