Use and understand new or unfamiliar vocabulary
  • First Day Hooray!
  • Vocabulary list with examples
1. Review the story  

Let's look at the book we read (fill in the time when you last read the book).

The title of the book is First Day, Hooray! (run your finger along the title as you read it aloud) . The title, First Day, Hooray! , (run your finger along title as you read it aloud) is on the front of the book (show children the front of the book).

What was this book about? Scaffold the children's responses by repeating what they say and adding to it.

2. Discuss identified vocabulary words  

Choose five vocabulary words that you feel are new or unfamiliar for your children. Possible vocabulary terms include: squealed, route, buffed, lug, crisscrossed, flossed, greet.

There are some words in this book I really like. Some may be new to you, but some you may already know. Let's talk about these words.

Say, "I am turning the page" as you are turning the pages and "looking" for the word.

Here is one of the words.

Say the word then read the word in text.

Will you help me think about what that word could mean?

For each of the vocabulary words that you choose, read the word in the text of the story, define in simple terms, if possible demonstrate the word, and then find opportunities in the course of the school day to incorporate the word in conversation or action. See examples below for each of the words listed above.

The expectation is that the children are exposed to new and unfamiliar vocabulary words.

Let the children act out their favorite part of the story First Day, Hooray! Help them to use some of the new words from the storybook, like squealed and buffed.
Text "I can't wait," squealed Ivy Green as she wiggled in and out of her shoes.
Define To squeal means to say something with excitement in your voice. Talk in a high pitched voice.

Read the above text with expression and demonstrate a squealed sound.

Everyday Conversation

When the children are excited and squealing, comment, "You are squealing with delight. You must be excited about playing outside."  

Text At the brick building on the hill, Miss Wheeler went over her route. Point to Miss Wheeler reviewing her route.
Define The route is the way you go from one place to another.

If you have a fire exit route posted in your class, run your finger along the path. If you have a map in your classroom, run your finger along a route.

Everyday Conversation

We are going to take a new route to the playground.   We are going to walk down the steps and through the door.

Text Shy moon shadows crisscrossed shiny floors.
Define To cross

Sit with legs crisscrossed on floor.

Everyday Conversation

Look how you are sitting with crisscrossed legs for circle time.

Text "Desks to lug...paper towels to load. So much still to do!"
Define To carry

Pick up something heavy and carry it.

Everyday Conversation

Your backpack looks heavy. You were strong to lug it to school today

Text Time for Mr. Masters to greet.
Define To say hello

Wave or shake hands and say, "Hello," or "Good morning."

Everyday Conversation

Evan what a nice way to greet me.   You said "hello" and gave me a hug.

Text Mr. Masters flossed. Point to Mr. Masters flossing in the book.
Define To pull a tiny string in between your teeth to clean them

Show children the motion.

Everyday Conversation

I need to floss.   A piece of apple from snack is stuck in my teeth.

Text Mr. Handy buffed the hall.   Point to picture of Mr. Handy buffing the floors.
Define To make shiny

Take a cloth and shine your shoe or the table.

Everyday Conversation

Look how shiny the floor looks. Maybe the janitor buffed our floor. If the equipment is out or in use, show it to the children.

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