This lesson will help students understand multiple-meaning words through the use of artistic and theatrical representation! Use as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Texts!
Students will be able to define multiple-meaning words to support comprehension.
Students will be able to define words with multiple meanings using illustrations and movement.
Write the word nail on the board. Ask students to share out what a nail is. Allow a few students to answer.
Show the students the nail you brought in from home. Say, "Some of you said a nail was the hard part on your finger. Other students were sure that a nail is something you use to hang pictures or create things. Some of you even said to nail can be an action word. Who is right? Can words mean more than one thing?"
Allow students to share their reasoning for answering yes or no.
Explain to the students that some words, like the word nail, have multiple-meanings. Explain that multiple-meaning words are words that have more than one meaning. Tell the students that today you will be introducing two definitions for each of the new vocabulary words, but to remember that some of the words actually have more than two definitions, depending on how people use them when they are writing or speaking.
Write the following learning goal on the board and read it aloud:
Today we will define words with multiple meanings using illustrations and movement!
Ask the students to choral chant the student-friendly learning goal back to you.