My upper language groups worked on a multiple meaning word activity last week. We sorted, matched, drew, defined, and explained.
I have found that my kids need multiple ways to practice vocabulary and express their knowledge. I am amazed at their artistic abilities when given the chance to answer through drawing. We used my lesson from TPT called “Multiple Ways to Practice Multiple Meaning Words” found here.
My kids wanted to draw on the board, so they each chose a word and drew the two meanings. Look at their talent!
That’s the easy part for them, though. The challenge was in expressing what the words meant. We’ve been working really hard on using a variety of words so that they aren’t defining with the original word (A coat is wearing a coat) but using an actual description instead (A coat is something you wear on your body to keep you warm).
I continued teaching the skill of MM words this week, but with a focus on Halloween-themed words: fall, bat, boo, grave, spell, cast, mask, web, fly. It was a familiar format for the kids to match, draw, write, and define. However, it was a fresh take on the skill using new words and incorporating Halloween.
Just working on the definition of the word “multiple” needed an extra week of repetition. We drew it, acted it, colored it, repeated it, visualized it, sang it…you name it, we practiced it that way!
You can find the packet here. Happy Halloween!
You’ve kept reading this long…THANK YOU! Here is a freebie 🙂 I am using these “Would You Rather” questions to address multiple targets: conversation, peer interaction, questioning, articulation, & vocabulary just to name a few.
This will also be a great chance for us to get out around the school and practice these skills across contexts as we interview school staff. You can see that I printed mine on fun Halloweenish colored paper…no color ink required 🙂
Have a Happy Halloween!