The Word Up Project - Level Turquoise

The Word Up Project: Level Turquoise directly teaches 140 vocabulary words to increase students’ reading and oral comprehension, vocabulary, and writing ability.

The units teach word meaning through a series of increasingly challenging exposures, including a nonfiction reading passage. The Teacher Resource Book contains a complete guide to using The Word Up Project in the classroom, including lesson plans, additional activities and reproducible tests for each unit. Written at a 2nd grade reading level, this title can be used with advanced 1st graders, struggling 3rd graders, and English language learners. The program is proven to raise state test scores.

Listen to a Song


Oh, yeah—a little story about Mr. Frog and his son Frog Junior. It’s a lesson for y’all. Learn how to look before you leap. Let’s go.


You better look before you leap!
Don’t jump if you close your eyes.
You better look before you leap!
’Cause where you land might be a surprise.


Do you know Mr. Frog and his son, Frog Junior?
They lived in a pond, didn’t own a computer.
They didn’t eat tacos, thought they were really bad,
They ate flies sitting on a lily pad.
The water was fresh, clean and new,
In the summer it kept them really cool.
They had an excess of water, more than enough,
Until one summer when times got tough.


It stopped raining for three whole months,
And the frogs’ pond just dried right up.
Frog Junior told his dad, “I think we should leave,”
And Mr. Frog said, “Yeah, son, I agree.
I think the same thing as you do,
We need water, so let’s move, dude.”
So they traveled, went to another place,
That wasn’t close; it was far away.


They came upon a well that was very deep,
It went far into the ground with water way down.
Frog Junior said, “Let’s jump down now!”
Mr. Frog said, “How will we get out?
What if the well goes dry?
If we were stuck down there, we would probably die.
Hey, son, here’s a lesson for free,
Listen up and repeat after me…”


You better look before you leap!
Don’t jump if you close your eyes.
Look before you leap!
’Cause where you land, there might be a surprise.
(x2)


So Mr. Frog and his son hopped on,
Jumping up and down like popcorn.
And they were getting kind of hungry; that’s the truth,
So they looked around to find some food.

They came to a road, and on the other side,
The saw a whole bunch of flies.
That might not sound great to you,
But flies are most frogs’ favorite food.

Frog Junior got excited and he started to hop,
But Mr. Frog saw a truck speeding down the block.
Would there be an accident? A mistake or a crash?
Mr. Frog grabbed his son and pulled him back.
“Ribbity-Ribbits! You could have died!
Look both ways when you cross to the other side.
Make sure that the road is clear,
There’s nothing on it, and no one’s there.


C’mon, little frog, you need to stay aware,
You need to pay attention to what’s around, you hear?” 
Frog Junior said, “Dad, I know you’ll never tell me lies,
You’re smart; I mean you’re wise.
I guess I need to open my eyes,
That way I won’t be surprised.”
Mr. Frog said, “C’mon, let’s go on an adventure,
I’ll teach you to be a fly-hunting ninja.”


You better look before you leap!
Don’t jump if you close your eyes.
Look before you leap!
’Cause where you land, there might be a surprise.
(x2)