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Vocabulary With Franklin: Helping Students Become Word Wizards

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 30 to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Candice Wells

Burlington, New Jersey


International Literacy Association



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This lesson teaches students in first and second grade new oral vocabulary, increased word recognition, and correct spelling of words. Students engage in games and fun activities-all with true learning objectives-to gain an awareness and knowledge of new words. They also develop writing skills. Each session is designed to enhance comprehension of the words so students may increase their vocabulary. This lesson uses Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois as an example text, but similar books can also be used.

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Word Wizard tool: This tool provides students with step-by-step guidance to build and create words.

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Graves, M.F., & Watts-Taffe, S.M. (2002). The place of word consciousness in a research-based vocabulary program. In A.E. Farstrup & S.J. Samuels (Eds.), What research has to say about reading instruction (3rd ed., pp. 140165). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Students should be taught vocabulary in a meaningful context to promote reading comprehension and language skills.


Graves, M.F. (2006). Teaching word-learning strategies. In The vocabulary book: Learning & instruction (pp. 91118). Urbana, IL: Teachers College Press.

Rich vocabulary can lead to improved academic achievement and future success.

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