July 22, 2015
by Jen Kessel
Lesson Plan:

Multiple Meaning Motivation

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Students will be able to identify multiple meaning words.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(2 minutes)
  • Observe students' brainstorming discussions to check for understanding of the lesson.
  • Collect and grade writing pieces.
(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.

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