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Homograph Books

Students will make a book of homographs using pictures as definitions in order to have a visual connection of the multiple meanings one word can have.
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Students will be able to give an example of two meanings of a multiple meaning word.

(10 minutes)
  • Have students come to a group area.
  • Write the word "homograph" on the board.
  • Give students the definition of a homograph and dissect the word: "homo" means same, while "graph" means write.
  • Give an example of a homograph and write it on the board and discuss its various definitions.
  • Ask students to come up with other examples and help with definitions as they are presented.
  • Show them the example book and tell them, "Now, you are going to pick six of these homographs and make a book. On each page, you will write the homograph you choose twice and draw a picture to show me two definitions of the homograph."
(10 minutes)
  • Give each student a piece of paper and show them him how to fold the mini-book (hot dog style, unfold, hamburger style, hamburger style again, then unfold once).
  • Go around the room and cut on the folded side, along the hot dog crease to the second hamburger fold.
  • Open the paper and refold along the hot dog fold.
  • Hold the paper at each end, hot dog crease up and push the ends together to get a cross shape.
  • Fold the pages onto themselves and then in half on the hamburger fold to finish each book.
(5 minutes)
  • Once students have folded their books, have them write "[Their Name]'s Homograph Book" on the front.
  • Walk around the room to check the first page of each student to ensure they understand what they are being asked to do: On each page, write a pair of homographs and draw a picture next to each one.
(35 minutes)
  • Have students complete their homograph books.
  • Let them know their remaining time at regular intervals.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students provide more than two pictures for each word.
  • Support: If students do not know what a word means, have them choose a different word from the board. You may also have them ask classmates for help.
(5 minutes)
  • Check each picture and make sure it is in fact a picture of the corresponding word.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students share their books with classmates to see if they came up with similar pictures and to share other homographs as they each got to pick which ones they wanted to use.
  • Discuss how each student drew something different, even when they used the same words.

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