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Learn new words using context
Spend a productive hour in the classroom as your scholars develop their context clues skills by working with short newspaper or magazine articles. The exercise introduces these skills and allows time to practice and discuss the strategies that need to be taken in identifying the context of words in question. Practice begins with articles that are provided by the teacher and learners practice the newly learned context procedure. Modify the lesson with short fiction pieces and practice context clues in other genres of writing.
Rest in peace, dead words!
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.
Formative Assessments: Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol provides the text for a formative assessment exercise designed for middle schoolers. Patterned on the AP exam, the packet includes a treasure trove of materials including answer keys, rationales, metadata, and attributes for each question, sample essays, and scoring guides for each essay prompt. The three types of assessments included (close reading multiple choice, editing multiple choice, and essay response) are designed to build the skills of learners and give feedback to instructors. Well worth a place in your curriculum library.
Vocabulary: Identify and Define Multiple Meaning Words in Context
Context can make all the difference. Early readers discover the importance and usefulness of context by examining the word bark in a variety of sentences. Each sentence provides learners with a context they can use to determine the word's meaning. This lesson culminates in a short activity where they write two sentences using both variations of the word bark.
In this multiple-meaning words worksheet, students use context clues to determine the meaning of the words. Students are given three sentences with multiple underlined words and are asked to figure out the meaning by using the text.
Homophones and Multiple-Meaning Words
Learners respond to five fill in the blank questions and four multiple choice questions. Each of the questions has to do with homophones and words with multiple meanings.
In this vocabulary and word study worksheet, students explore multiple meaning words as they respond to 4 multiple choice questions.
In this multiple meaning words worksheet, students examine 4 sentences and choose the best definition of each of the identified words in the sentences.
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.
Using Word Maps to Expand Vocabulary
Looking for a good lesson on dictionary and word definition skills? The lesson presented here is for you! In it, learners utilize a worksheet, embedded in the plan, to record a word's definition(s), etymology, multiple meanings, related words, and alternate forms. The worksheet is extremely well designed and could be used over and over again in a similar exercise. Learners must also compose a sentence at the bottom of the worksheet, which uses the target word they are studying.
For this recognizing multiple meaning words worksheet, students read two definitions of multiple meaning words and match the meanings with sentences. Students write six short answers.
In this recognizing multiple meaning words worksheet, students read two definitions of each multiple meaning word and use context clues to write the letter of the correct meaning next to each sentence. Students write six answers.
In this identifying meanings of multiple meaning words learning exercise, students read an example and match meanings with the words in sentences. Students write six answers.
Using a Dictionary
When do we use dictionaries? Provide this dictionary scavenger hunt for your youngsters. Third and fourth graders search for words, recording the number of syllables or definition for a variety of words. Get your class using dictionaries with this activity!
Using A Dictionary
Students explore English by completing a word definitions worksheet. For this dictionary lesson, students practice locating a list of vocabulary terms in a "Dictionary Race." Students complete a worksheet based upon word cards and definitions.
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. A discussion aspect has readers collaborating ideas, and encourages text citation when addressing a topic. Finally, learners complete a writing task to synthesize the instructional activity. Writing prompts are available.
Leveled Vocabulary for And Then There Were None
Chaotic, perjury, tenacious, vague, predatory, idiosyncrasy. Using Marzano and Brown’s six steps of direct instruction for vocabulary (choose, restate, illustrate, use, discuss, play) readers of And Then There Were None engage in a series of activities to determine and clarify the meaning of level one, two, and three vocabulary drawn from Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery. The word list and suggested activities for each step are included.
Intermediate 3: Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results
Examine advanced filters and operators in depth. Class members try out even more filtering tools than they did in the beginning lesson plan and practice with operators, special symbols or words that affect search results, recognized by Google. Through the exercises and presentation, pupils experiment with narrowing their search by time, language, document type, specific words or site, and more. This is a highly detailed plan that would enrich preparations for a research project.
New! Use Context Clues
Try out this neat interactive resource to help your class understand and use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. The page includes definitions and examples of the different kinds of context clues, as well as samples of sentences and paragraphs that demonstrate context clues. After reading through the information, class members cam complete the linked worksheet for practice.
Which Word Works?
When everyone understands that some words have multiple meanings they build a foundation for better writing and develop deeper reading comprehension skills. This presentation provides learners with several examples of words with multiple meanings and then four opportunities to practice choosing words that fit properly into two or more sentences.