Here are some more of the mini lessons we have been doing to teach the core vocabulary words.
The focus word: Different.
This word is very abstract and tricky for my kiddos to understand, but this activity did help a couple of them.
We had three pink fish. These fish never changed. Then, a different color fish would be drawn from the box and the students would have to select the one that was different (we did mix up the order) and then they would come up and say, I caught a different fish or it's different.
Focus word: who
We watched Who Stole the Cookie from Super Simple Songs, but this time we read the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and asked who is under the bridge, who is walking over the bridge, etc. Who is trying to go over the bridge?
Core Vocabulary Word: She
For this we read There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, but it could be done with any of the Old Lady Books.There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
While reading the book we emphasized the word she. Then, we retold the story with a large old lady cut out and the students put the animals in the mouth. They would say/show she ate...
Focus Words: up/down
For this activity I put the clock up on the board and students were given an animal. We would say the rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock and change out the animals. Students would point to up and down.
You can find more core vocab activities here.