Lesson Plan

Is It the Same?

Students will enjoy this fast-paced lesson as they incorporate acting, reading, and detective work while learning how to use context clues in fiction.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the How Pictures Can Help Us Read pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use context clues to identify and define unknown words in a text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Crazy New WordsSilly Opposites
  • Show students two items that are opposites (such as a small ball and a large ball, or something tall and something short).
  • Tell students that opposites are pairs of words that have different meaning, such as short/tall and big/little.
  • Ask them to think of other opposites that they know and turn and talk with a classmate to share their thinking.
  • Play a short game where you do an action (arms up, crouch low, etc.) and ask students to do the opposite action

Beginning

  • Share the definition for "opposite" in students' home language (L1).
  • Provide additional visual representations of opposites.
  • Preview or review any new or confusing vocabulary.

Intermediate

  • Play a quick game where you show one item or visual of an opposite then ask students to help you identify the opposite visual or item.