Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us



Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.



Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.



Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

HomeClassroom ResourcesLesson Plans

Lesson Plan

Digital Word Detectives: Building Vocabulary With e-Book Readers

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)


Digital Word Detectives: Building Vocabulary With e-Book Readers

Grades 2 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One introductory 45-minute lesson; Additional 30- to 45-minute lessons (one lesson for each chapter of the selected e-book title)
Lesson Author

Lotta C. Larson, Ph.D.

Lotta C. Larson, Ph.D.

Manhattan, Kansas


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Digital Readers for student use

  • Visual presenter/document and LCD projector for demonstration

  • e-Books compatible with digital readers

back to top



back to top



back to top



  1. Select and download e-book title(s) to the digital reading devices. Consider students’ prior experience, vocabulary knowledge, and reading levels when selecting appropriate children’s/young adult chapter books. If appropriate, you may select one title for the entire class or multiple titles to allow for differentiated instruction. (The availability of specific book titles varies depending on the make/model of digital readers.)

  2. Identify approximately 3-4 vocabulary words from each chapter of the e-book. Consider your students’ grade level, reading abilities, and prior word knowledge. For each chapter, review the length and specific vocabulary. Adjust the number of selected vocabulary words accordingly.

  3. For each chapter of the book, fill out the book title, chapter, and column “Vocabulary Word” on the Vocabulary Pre-Assessment handout. Make a copy for each student.

  4. If access to digital readers is limited, create a reading schedule that allows each student access to a device throughout the day. Alternatively, divide the class into small groups of 2–4 students, in which they will share a device and read together.

  5. Review your district’s technology policy and guidelines. Work closely with your district’s technology staff or administrators to ensure a successful purchasing and downloading of e-books.

  6. Consider students’ prior knowledge of e-book reading in general and digital readers in particular. If students are new to the digital reading experience, introduce them to the various tools and features associated with their devices. For introductory lesson plan suggestions, please see Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience.

back to top