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Lesson Plan - Vocabulary

Miss Nelson is Missing

Grade 4


Claudia Richardson


NE Standards:

4.1.2                   By the end of fourth grade, student will acquire and use correctly an advanced reading vocabulary.

4.1.4                   By the end of the fourth grade, students will locate, access, and evaluate resources to identify appropriate information.

4.2.1                   By the end of the fourth grade, students will identify, describe, and apply knowledge of the structure of the English language and Standard English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

4.4.1                   By the end of the fourth grade, students will gain information or complete tasks by listening.



        Given a list of vocabulary words the students will predict how the words are used in the story.

        The students will determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word by using a dictionary.

        The students will predict what the story is about by observing and discussing the cover of the book.

        The student will demonstrate their understanding of synonyms by brainstorming a list of synonyms for the given vocabulary words.



Miss Nelson is Missing By Harry Allard


List of vocabulary words

Chart for vocabulary words (Categories: Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution, and Ending)



Anticipatory Set: Show the class the cover of the book. Have the children look carefully at the picture. Where do they think the story takes place? What clues in the picture help them decide? How is the picture of the classroom different from what their classroom looks like? Ask the children to predict who Miss Nelson is and why she is missing. Record their predictions on a large sheet of paper.





















1.       Distribute the given list of vocabulary words and prediction chart.

2.     Divide the class into small groups.

3.     Have the students work together and predict which category (characters, setting, problem, solution, ending) they think each word will apply to in the story. If they have no idea what the word means they can use a dictionary. Make sure the students can give reasons to justify their thinking.

4.     Read the story aloud.

5.     Have the groups evaluate their chart of vocabulary words and make adjustments for how the words were actually used in the story.

6.     Next, have the children brainstorm synonyms for appropriate vocabulary words.

7.     Post the chart on the wall listing the words and their synonyms. Encourage the children to add to the list as they read other materials.


Provisions for special needs: A list of definitions could be provided to help the student with special needs with the prediction chart. The group activity will benefit the needs of the special child.



Have the students create "Missing" or "Wanted" posters for a character in the story. The students must illustrate and write a detailed description of the character using the list of vocabulary posted on the wall. These posters could then be placed on a bulletin board.


Assessment: Observe how the students work in their groups on the vocabulary activity. Assess the chart for correct placement of the vocabulary by discussing with each group why they placed the word in a given place. Assess the posters for use of descriptive vocabulary.



Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Reading Beyond the Basal: Miss Nelson is Missing by Victoria Valdez