- First Grade, Second Grade
- Reading, Writing
- 50 minutes
- Standards: RF.1.2
Help your students' understand the English language with this lesson that teaches them that there are word "twins" that look and sound the same but have different meanings.
Students will be able to identify multiple meaning words.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- Ask the class what it means to have a multiple meaning word.
- Once the class has a chance to discuss, sum up their thoughts by telling them multiple meaning words are words that sound or are spelled the same, but have different meanings.
- Show the book Good Work, Amelia Bedelia to your students and tell them to watch and listen for something that could fit the multiple meaning description.
- Read the story.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (3 minutes)
- Show students some examples of multiple meaning words. Examples: In the Fall, leaves turn orange and fall to the ground. Their family got there safely. It was windy on the windy road.
- Tell the students that they are going to take what they've learned about multiple meaning words and put it into their own work.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Allow students to brainstorm with seat neighbors some different multiple meaning words that they could use in their own writing. Have them write down all their ideas.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Hand out writing paper and have students come up with a short story (about a paragraph) using at least one pair of multiple meaning words.
- Have students add a drawing to their story.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students by requiring more than one example in their piece or require a more complex piece.
- Support: Students who need support can use more simplistic pairs of multiple meaning words drawn up by the teacher and magazines to cut pictures out.
Related Books and/or Media
- WORKSHEET: Multiple Meaning Words: Verb or Noun?
Assessment (2 minutes)
- Observe students' brainstorming discussions to check for understanding of the lesson.
- Collect and grade writing pieces.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Collect writing when finished.
- Ask some students to share their pieces with the classes.
- Make a class book with their finished work. The class can refer back to it throughout the year.