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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. They repeat this with a third meaning and answer comprehension questions. There are sentence strips and a graphic organizer you can project during this exercise.
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. Students write twenty-two answers.
Eighth graders answer a riddle to explore multiple meanings in words. After discussing the riddle, they match the definition on their card with another student who has the word. Students use their words with different meanings in sentences. They think of other words with multiple meanings, write definitions and use sample sentences for them.
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.
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.
Learners of many ages use the Visual Thesaurus to help them understand the language of math. They work in groups to explore the multiple meanings of common math terms. Pupils come up with examples of the words in mathematical and other contexts. No math is actually done in this lesson.
Double dip ice cream cones are a fourth grade favorite, and now they come in vocabulary and context flavor. Learners practice using double meaning words as they construct ice cream cones that contain two sentences showing how context can change the meaning of a single word. Each cone is labeled with a word; the class must choose two ice cream scoops that best fit the double meaning of the word. A very interesting idea.
Sick to death of reading papers loaded with trite expressions and over-used words? Here’s an activity that will enliven your reading and animate the vocabulary of your young learners. Laminate on a paper tombstone a short list of “dead” (banned or over-used) words. Distribute these lists to groups who must then find five synonyms for each word. The tombstones, surrounded by synonyms, are then posted around the classroom, available for writers to use to give life to their creations. A banned word list and a sample essay, with lively lexica, are included.