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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.
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. 
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.
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.
Students participate in a teacher given lecture. New vocabulary words are written on the board and then used in sentences to demonstrate several definitions. Students read the sentence, repeat the words, and repeat the multiple definitions of each word. Afterwards, individual students write and illustrate a situation using the new words.
In this multiple meaning words learning exercise, students complete a graphic organizer, filling in words, sentences 1 and 2, definitions 1 and 2, and parts of speech. Page is a blank template.
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!
Students explore English by completing a word definitions worksheet. In 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.
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.     
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.
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.
In 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.
For 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 worksheet, students read an example and match meanings with the words in sentences. Students write six answers.
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. 
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. 
Learners create word posters to teach the class about a word. In this Visual Thesaurus usage lesson, students are assigned a word with a difficult spelling or multiple meanings then directed to dictionaries to learn about the word. As learners encounter problems, they are introduced to Visual Thesaurus, an Internet site, to provide another way to learn about their word.

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