Homonyms Teacher Resources
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All For One
Homographs can be a source of great confusion and frustration for young readers as they work to expand their vocabulary. Help them to overcome this challenge with this collaborative vocabulary activity. Given a deck of cards with different homographs printed on them, pairs of learners take turns drawing cards as they work together to determine two definitions for each word, before finally writing sentences that demonstrate both meanings.
1st - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Vocabulary Instructional Routine: Multiple Meaning Words in Context
Tackle multiple-meaning words with your youngsters using this scaffolded lesson which features a detailed script. Begin with the word shoulder, using context clues to help scholars understand the meaning. Next, they observe a second meaning in context, marking words that give them clues to its new meaning.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts
There are eight homograph riddles here: can your scholars figure them out? For each, there are three definitions and a picture. Learners use the picture and multiple meanings as clues, recording a word that matches all three. They read an example before trying on their own.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Explore the multiple meanings of common homographs with this fun language arts activity. Given a series of word webs and a pile of definition cards, children complete each web by matching four different definitions to each target word. A great vocabulary activity to include as part of language arts centers or as an option for early finishers of regular language arts lessons.
1st - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Vocabulary Worksheet #1 & #2
These two worksheets cover several grammatical topics. Pupils work on words with multiple meanings, Greek and Latin word parts, word connotations, academic language, and more. The result is seven quick exercises that could be used together or split up over the course of several days.
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Practice With Multiple-Meaning Words
Second graders work with multiple meaning words. They participate in a teacher led instructional activity about words with have more than one meaning. Everyone completes a skill building worksheet in which sentences using words with more than one meaning are deciphered.
2nd English Language Arts
The Many Meanings of Cool
A very neat word with multiple meanings is the center of attention in a fun musical video. The Read Between The Lions team of Sierra, Lionel, Leona, Cleo, and Theo get together to sing a song defining the word cool. Kids will sing along to the upbeat music as they learn that one word can mean all kinds of different things depending on context.
2 mins Pre-K - 1st English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Multiple Meaning Words
Using context clues is an important practice when deciphering words with multiple meanings. There are ten multiple choice questions in this PowerPoint to test students on reading the context of a sentence. Tip: Use this presentation prior to a test as a helpful reminder for students to read thoroughly and carefully.
4th English Language Arts
Transition Words and Phrases: Road Signs for the Reader
Therefore! However! Furthermore! Explore the power of transition words and phrases. Signal your readers by suggesting the relationship between different thoughts or points. Help them demonstrate an understanding of word relationships.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Patterns in the Multiplication Table
Explore patterns in the multiplication table in order to deepen your third graders' understanding of this essential skill. Implement this activity as a whole-class lesson, allowing students to work in pairs or small groups to support discovery of key ideas.
3rd - 4th Math CCSS: Designed
Multiple Meanings and PowerPoint
Middle schoolers learn about words that have more than one meaning. They each create a PowerPoint presentation that has a word with multiple meanings at the top, then each of its definitions in the main body of the slide. They insert photos into the slides that match up with the definitions.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Because of Winn-Dixie
Readers analyze an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie. They read silently, and then hear it read aloud. Definitions for underlined vocabulary words are in the margin, and other potentially difficult words are in bold.
3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Multiple-Meaning Words 1,2,3
In these three multiple-meaning words recognition worksheets, students review meanings, examples, and decoding strategies, choose sentences with words that have same meanings, choose words whose meanings best fit pairs of sentences, choose a word to write its definitions and sentences, and match people with their job descriptions.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Seeing Words in a New Way
What's the best resource to use when looking up words? Use Visual Thesaurus to see a word's meaning. The class accesses the interactive website and then compares and contrasts the difference between using a traditional dictionary and the Visual Thesaurus.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Do Spiders Live On the World Wide Web?
Kindergarteners study the parts of the computer. They complete a KWL chart using vocabulary words such as mouse, keyboard, screen, and window. Learners interact with an online story while perfecting their mouse skills. They determine which computer words have multiple meanings.
K 21st Century Skills
Spelling Unit: Synonyms and Antonyms, Multiple-Meaning Words, Homonyms, Suffixes
In this spelling unit worksheet, students study synonyms and antonyms, multiple-meaning words, homonyms, and suffixes as they study the 72 words listed and complete a variety of activities using the words correctly.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Help scholars discover new ways to build their vocabulary. Groups create a game involving their vocabulary words. Using the jigsaw model, the groups shuffle and play the games of the other groups. Save the games and use them for other vocabulary lists.
4th - 8th English Language Arts