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Language Arts - Pre-K

Exploring Vocabulary Through Interactive Storytelling

Title: Exploring Vocabulary Through Interactive Storytelling

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.4.A)

Subject: Language Arts

Summary: This pre-kindergarten activity focuses on enhancing vocabulary skills through interactive storytelling, engaging students in a fun and educational way.

Topic: Vocabulary

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and understand new vocabulary words
  • Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Expand vocabulary through active participation in storytelling


This activity will be conducted in a group setting, encouraging active participation and collaboration among students. It combines storytelling, visual aids, and hands-on activities to engage students in vocabulary exploration.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Picture books with rich vocabulary
  • Storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt board, flashcards)
  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Markers or chalk
  • Index cards
  • Art supplies (e.g., crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue)


Step 1: Introduce the Vocabulary

Begin by selecting a picture book that contains rich vocabulary suitable for pre-kindergarten students. Choose a book that aligns with the current theme or topic being covered in the classroom.

Read the book aloud to the students, emphasizing the new vocabulary words. Pause after introducing each word to discuss its meaning and provide simple examples or visual aids to aid comprehension.

Step 2: Interactive Storytelling

After reading the book, engage the students in interactive storytelling. Use props such as puppets, felt boards, or flashcards to bring the story to life.

Encourage students to actively participate by asking questions, making predictions, and using the new vocabulary words in context. This will help reinforce their understanding and retention of the words.

Step 3: Vocabulary Exploration

Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with a set of index cards and art supplies.

Ask each group to choose a vocabulary word from the story and create a visual representation of that word on their index card. They can draw, color, or cut out pictures from magazines to illustrate the word.

Once the cards are ready, have each group present their word and explain its meaning to the rest of the class. Encourage the students to use the word in a sentence or provide examples of when they might encounter the word in real life.

Step 4: Vocabulary Review

Conclude the activity by reviewing the vocabulary words introduced during the storytelling session. Use a whiteboard or chalkboard to write down the words, and ask the students to recall their meanings.

Engage the students in a brief discussion about how they can incorporate these new words into their daily lives, encouraging them to use the words in conversations or during other classroom activities.


To assess the students' understanding of the vocabulary words, observe their participation during the interactive storytelling session and their ability to create visual representations of the words. Additionally, engage in informal conversations with the students to gauge their comprehension and usage of the new vocabulary in context.

Keep anecdotal records of each student's progress and use them to inform future instruction and support individual learning needs.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.4.A)

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